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Odd Laws No 6 - An Easter Special


Until 2018, it was illegal to sell alcohol on Good Friday in Ireland. The only way you could get around the ban was to have a drink on the train, on the water or in the air.



In Germany, it is technically illegal to dance on Good Friday. Out of respect for the religious holiday, most German states ban dancing in public on Good Friday. Even in Berlin dancing is technically illegal between 4am and 9pm, but the law is very rarely enforced.



And whilst it's not a law In Norway, it's traditional to read crime stories over Easter weekend. This unusual custom is believed to date back to 1923, when two authors promoted their new crime novel by taking out an advert on the front page of Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten.



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