This is Why Lucknow University has declared Valentine’s Day a holiday

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Lucknow has notified students that it will remain closed on February 14, 2018. In a press release, the university has notified students that it will remain closed on Wednesday as a consequence of Mahashivratri celebrations.And to completely rule out anyone giving anyone else as much as a rose, the university has forbidden students from coming to campus on the day, on pain of disciplinary action.

“If anyone is found roaming or loitering on the campus unnecessarily, disciplinary action will be taken as per rules,” the advisory warned.

Check out notification  dated 10 February 2018, says that the university will be closed on 14 February on the occasion of Maha Shivratri and that no cultural programs or classes will take place during the day.

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However, people have shown mixed reactions to the university’s decision to not open on the day to ‘prevent’ students from mingling and socializing within University premises.

Aarav Pratap Singh, a Delhi youth, said that this is a very good step by the university.

Every year, right-wing groups in different parts of the country protest against Valentine’s Day alleging that the Indian culture was being “westernized” by such festivals.

The protests have often turned violent with couples being roughed up and shops and restaurants being vandalized for selling Valentine’s Day goodies or having theme parties related to the festival.

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