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Easter holiday 'dance ban' curbs clubbers
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Easter holiday 'dance ban' curbs clubbers

Published: 28 Mar 2013 15:07 GMT+01:00
Updated: 28 Mar 2013 15:07 GMT+01:00

The killjoy tradition shuts down nightclubs and bars, as well as some sporting events, through Saturday.

It is up to the states to decide how long to enforce the “dance ban,” so in some conservative regions like Bavaria where Christianity is more prominent, the fun stops for almost four days.

Those lucky enough to be in Berlin will ostensibly only have to sit down quietly on Friday between 4am and 9pm. Other city-states like Hamburg and Bremen will also have shorter restrictions.

Unsurprisingly, criticism of the ban has been gaining strength as adherence to Christianity in Germany has waned over the years, with opponents calling it outdated.

“It is an antiquated relic of times past that does not fit with the expectations or wants of citizens,” said Stephan Büttner, head of the federal association of disco and dancehall operators (BDT).

He complained that the laws differed so widely between states and said that dedicated revellers often travel over state borders to get to a party. This meant a higher risk of drink driving accidents when night was over.

If the weather is warm over Easter, people are known to take to the country's parks and squares for a booze up. This meant a lot of noise and disorderly behaviour outdoors.

Church representatives and conservative politicians are sticking to their guns, and have re-iterated that they believed it was important for society to have a little peace and quiet – regardless of religion.

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15:25 March 28, 2013 by RainerL
It is outdated. Here in Australia I wished it was the opposite. Pubs and Clubs are open right through to the early morning hours where as in the 80ties they used to close by 1.00 am allowing people to get some piece. Not today! We have Louts running amok here being upsolute IDIOTS with fights , injuries clogging up Hospitals, Ambulances being deployed when they should be available for emergency situations. I wished we had at least of half the piece to what we have here. You are lucky to have some piece over there. I just wished common sense is applied. let them party. Don't dictate to what days they should or should not party. As long as there is a stop to it by 12.00 midnight and People are not doing it privately in residemtial areas annoying their Neighbors.
20:09 March 28, 2013 by dregstudios
We must remember the true meaning of the Easter holiday and the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. Oschter Haws (the original name for the Easter Bunny) is a fictitious embodiment of all that is unholy with American gluttony for chocolate, candy, eggs and all things savory and sinful. See the Good Lord RISE from his grave and RECLAIM our sacred holiday with the Hammer of God at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2012/04/oschter-haws-easter-tale-of-calamity.html
20:14 March 28, 2013 by whiteriver
I heard that standing up sex is also forbidden during these days as it can result in dancing.
21:14 March 28, 2013 by XFYRCHIEF
Ah, yes, us sinful Americans, as opposed to you holier than though Germans? And a fictional Easter Bunny bringing a little joy to children as opposed to an invisible being who directs your life, and allows children to die while preserving to old age child molesting priests?

Thankfully we embrace the seperation of church and state.
01:05 March 29, 2013 by wood artist
@dregstudios

Maybe we should start by understanding that the traditional Easter holiday has nothing to do with the actual date of the demise of Jesus. Early christians just hyjacked a handy pagan celebration, just as they did with Yule/Christmas...so the change wouldn't seem so extreme. If that were not the case, why would the "date" of Jesus' crucifixion change from year to year? The holiday existed in the pagan world long before Jesus walked the earth...so...if you're in favor of "reclaiming" it then let's get it back to being a pagan fertility rite...which is just fine with me. And...surprise...the pagans did a lot of dancing as a part of that celebration.

wa
01:42 March 29, 2013 by blackboot11
@ dregstudios: plain and simple, you have to be joking here...LOL !
08:27 March 29, 2013 by murka
Let's face it - having dancing been verboten by the state is plain ridiculous. However, one can see it as an old cute tradition.
12:32 March 29, 2013 by Englishted
@dregstudios

Bet you are a real wizz at parties .
15:07 March 29, 2013 by saminouch
Funny how people don't mind having religious holidays but don't want the religion to be part of their life and tradition...
19:42 March 29, 2013 by vonSchwerin
What can we expect from a state where they still hang crucifixes on the walls of courtrooms and public schools?

I totally understand if religious Christians want to abstain from dancing and partying on Good Friday, but why should other people be forced to do the same? Germany and Bavaria are not medieval Christian theocracies. They are pluralistic modern liberal democracies. Get with the 21st century.
20:35 March 29, 2013 by roboni
I think its a great idea and should be practiced across the country. But if they could just keep some priests hands off of little boy/girls buns than it would really have meaning.
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