Good Friday Dancing Ban Has Germany in a Twist

But some Germans say one-day ban small price for tradition

By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 29, 2013 1:04 PM CDT

(Newser) – No, the "Tanzverbot" isn't the latest German dance craze. It's quite the opposite: the decades-old law that bans all organized dancing in Germany on Good Friday and other religious holidays. And with church attendance falling around Germany, its citizens are increasingly calling for the ban to be ended, reports the Wall Street Journal. A rally in Frankfurt yesterday drew a couple dozen protesters, carrying the slogan: "I'll let you pray—you let me dance." Depending on the state, fines for breaking the rule range from $6.50 to $650.

"When someone is dancing Friday evening in a club in the basement, that doesn't disturb any Christians who are praying or doing something in the church during the day," says one protester. Germany maintains many Christian-based laws, including a "church tax" on all citizens who belong to a church, regardless of whether they attend. "They can dance on 364 days a year," says one politician. "We cannot just forget our history."

Techno music fans dance to the sounds coming from the stage during the concert of the Loveparade 2008 on Saturday, July 19, 2008, in Dortmund, western Germany.
Techno music fans dance to the sounds coming from the stage during the concert of the Loveparade 2008 on Saturday, July 19, 2008, in Dortmund, western Germany.   (AP Photo/Volker Wiciok)
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