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Let the Festivities End!
Holidays - General
"Having fun? No problem - we'll soon put an end to that! Here's a selection of festivities (and ways of celebrating) from around the world that have been banned at one time or another..."
15 Points Per Correct Answer - No time limit
It is England in the year of Our Lord sixteen hundred and forty-seven. You are hanging up the mistletoe bough, basting the goose, and shooing the children outside into the snow to collect the Yule log, looking forward to a merry wassailing later on. Suddenly there is a knock on the door and a voice proclaims, "Thou shalt not!" Who is banning your seasonal jollity?
The Mistletoe Police
Hola! Ciao! Hooray, it's Carnival time! Erm, no, actually... Carnival, the traditional festivity held before Lent, has been cancelled. Which two twentieth century European leaders turned their country's smiles into frowns?
Dolce and Gabbana
Franco and Mussolini
Ben and Jerry
Fortnum and Mason
Well howdy - it's July 4th! I say, sorry old chap - actually it's November 5th! Mais non - it is July 14th! Regardless of the date, the sale of something common to many celebrations has become more restricted. What loud and colourful festive items are now increasingly confined to large public displays?
Birthdays - who needs them? Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov allegedly banned public officials from giving him gifts for his 35th birthday. What were they threatened with if they did not comply?
smothering in popcorn
"The atmosphere...does not help young people to develop spiritual and moral values." To which day, traditionally linked with love, was a spokesman for the Russian city of Belgorod referring?
I (heart) Belgorod Day
A decision of the Scottish Kirk (Church) in 1583 effectively banned Christmas festivities. What traditional celebration at the year's end replaced the yuletide jollities?
Vasanta, or Basant, is a Hindu festival celebrating the beginning of Spring. In 2005 one traditional aspect of the festivities was banned. What would Mary Poppins NOT be able to do in Pakistan?
eat a spoonful of sugar
fly a kite
say that supercali-thingy word
feed the birds
A combination of religious festival and athletic event, the ancient Olympic Games were suppressed by the Roman emperor Theodosius in 393 AD. What is the usual explanation for this "ban"?
the games were corrupt
the games were pagan
the games were not open to Romans
the games were boring
The Canboulay riots of 1881 took place in Trinidad at Carnival time and were the result of a police crackdown on some of the excesses of the festivities. Among other things, percussion instruments were banned. Which musical instrument, now associated with the Caribbean, arose from this ban?
Originating in Spain, which messy festival has been banned in India as a waste of natural resources?
Moros y Cristianos
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Compiled Jun 28 12