Anyone know if you can get alcohol in restaurants on Ash Wednesday, or is it just Good Friday they ban it?
No-one I've asked seems to be sure...
AFAIK it is just on Good Friday that the 'I can't buy a drink' hysteria arises.
Thanks. I'm not exactly hysterical but I booked to bring my family out for a special occasion and it would be nice to know we can get a glass of wine.
Did you try asking in the politics forum?
Nope, actually didn't know where to ask Thought this would be a good place to start!
While I have to agree that the hysteria around not being able to buy a drink on Good Friday is a little thick, the other side of the coin is that you (the collective "you") are having someone else's views shoved down your throat (or not in this case) by a government, in support of one particular religious view.
If you're interested in the legal detail, the current date restrictions are specified in section 3 of the Intoxicating Liquor Act of 2000, available as a PDF download from here:
There are a few time restrictions which have been amended since then, but the changes are fairly minor.
In short, no drinkies at all at all on the friday before easter and nothing on christmas day either.
Good Friday you can have a drink if you're having a meal in a restaurant iirc.
Not legally you can't. There are a number of restaurants that will sneak you a bottle of wine, but you have to keep it under the table. Quite fun actually.
I've been in a restaurant on Good Friday the last 3 years and none of them would serve wine
There was a group of us that made a point of going out and drinking on good Friday, bit of a tradition.
I was just reminded by someone that it's meat that has a religiously inspired ban on ash wednesday. That's what I was thinking of I suppose. And of course it won't apply to restaurants
Random thought -- the annual Rio carnival started last weekend and finishes up today. While the exact origin is unknown, one plausible derivation for the word "carnival" suggests that it comes from "carne vale", meaning "farewell to meat", with "meat" in this case meaning meat which was either edible or shaggable -- a number of christian traditions banned not only the eating of meat (and eggs, hence using them up in pancakes today), but also banned sex during lent.
I'd love to know how the priests policed that ban!
Through fear and guilt like everything else?