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Friday
May132011

Why religious traditions matter

Image: Dome CologneWhy should we keep old traditions? Important religious holidays require a contemplative state of mind - many countries pose restrictions on public life during key religious dates. For instance, German law forbids bars and restaurants to play music on Good Friday in order to facilitate a quiet atmosphere. Since Good Friday commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ it is a sober day that has a deep meaning to Christians. The legally imposed so-called "quiet Friday" was interrupted by a large "Dance-Flashmob" protesting for a repeal of the law by staging a party in the city center of Frankfurt. I genuinely have sympathy for civil liberties and I am not religious but that day it dawned on me that our traditions are really under a lot of pressure. For the sake of convenience or freedom we readily dispose of the longstanding and meaningful and replace it with what? Another day of shopping.

Reader Comments (1)

Destroy all traditions.

May 26 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymouse

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