Blue Laws around the World

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What are blue laws?

Blue laws are laws prohibiting certain activities of a non-religious nature, frequently related to the selling and drinking of alcoholic beverages or the selling of cars, from occurring on Sundays. Such laws are on the books in many US states and quite a few countries throughout the world.

When I did my research for Blue Laws in the United States, I learned that such laws were not in effect in every state, on either a local or the state level. I included unusual or silly laws in my article for some states—laws which caused us to laugh aloud or wonder why the law had been written.

This article showcases blue laws and crazy laws from countries around the world. I didn't include Washington, DC in my first blue laws Hub so that the District of Columbia could represent the United States in this article.

Blue Law Repealed

Not everyone celebrates the Sabbath on Sundays. Because of this, the Puritanical blue law prohibiting the sale of alcohol on Sundays in the District of Columbia was repealed on December 6, 2012.

Crazy Laws in the District of Columbia

  • No one may dance, sing, skate, whistle, or use obscene, loud, and boisterous language within any public toilet.
  • A photographer may not remain longer than five minutes at one location taking photographs in public places or on the sidewalks and streets of the district.
  • It is against the law for an individual to participate in a contest, dance, or race for more than 12 hours in any rolling 24-hour period.
  • Missionary-style is the only acceptable position for certain activities. All others are illegal.

Blue, Crazy, and Unusual Laws throughout the World

The following section describes blue, crazy, or unusual laws in many different parts of the world.

Australia

  • It is illegal to leave your cars keys in an unattended car.
  • Hot pink pants may not be worn after 12:00Noon on Sundays.
  • Bars must feed, water, and stable their patrons' horses.
  • It is illegal for children to purchase cigarettes. It is legal, however, for children to smoke.
  • It is against the law for anyone but a licensed electrician to change a light bulb.

Bangladesh

  • Children 15 years old and older can be jailed if they are caught cheating on their final exams in school.

Belgium

  • It is against the law to hold a sweepstakes.

Brazil

  • Police have to perform a breathalyzer test if the driver of a car involved in an accident dies. They need to determine which driver was at fault.

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Canada

  • In Halifax, Nova Scotia, chopping wood on the sidewalk is illegal.
  • It is illegal to saw wood on the streets of Toronto, Ontario.
  • It is against the law in Windsor, Ontario to play a musical instrument in a park.
  • In British Columbia, it is illegal to interrupt a meeting of the Grasshopper Control Committee.
  • It is against the law to be naked in your own home in Winnipeg, Manitoba if your curtains or drapes are open or your blinds are up.
  • In Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, it is illegal to try to catch fish with your hands.
  • In Nova Scotia, it is against the law to water one's lawn while it is raining.

Ontario, Canada Blue Laws from 1911

Ontario, Canada Blue Laws from 1911
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Chile

  • It is illegal to sell alcoholic beverages on Sunday mornings.
  • On election days, it is against the law the sell alcoholic beverages the entire day.

Denmark

  • Most retail establishments are prohibited from being open on public holidays—New Year's Day, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Easter Monday, Day of Prayer, Ascension Day, Whit Sunday, Whit Monday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day, Constitution Day, and Christmas Eve.
  • On New Year's Eve, retail establishments must close at 3:00pm.
  • Some types of establishments are exempt from the public holiday closing laws—bakeries, garden centers, gas stations, home improvement stores, and small supermarkets.

Finland

  • Whether or not they own a television, everyone must pay a television tax.
  • A taxi driver must pay royalties if he plays music in his vehicle for customers.

France

  • The name Napoleon may not be given to a pig.
  • Seventy percent of the music radio stations play between 8:00am and 8:00pm must be by French artists.
  • It is against the law to take photographs of police officers or police cars, even if they are in the background of a photo you are taking of someone or something else.
  • It is illegal to sell a doll which does not have a human face.

Germany

  • It is against the law for your car to run out of gas on the Autobahn.
  • It is illegal to wear a mask.
  • It is illegal for an office to not have a view of the sky.

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Greece

  • All electronic games are banned.

Israel

  • It is illegal to pick one's nose on the Sabbath (sundown Friday to sundown Saturday).
  • Riding a bicycle without a license is illegal.
  • It is illegal to bring bears to the beach.
  • It is against the law to raise Rottweiler dogs.

Italy

  • It is illegal to make coffins out of anything except nutshells or wood.
  • It is a felony to strike someone with your fist.
  • It is against the law for a man to wear a skirt.
  • It is against the law for an obese person to wear polyester.
  • It is illegal to feed pigeons in the city of Venice.

Piazza San Marco, Venice, Italy

A tourist with pigeons in Piazza San Marco, Venice, Italy
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Mexico

  • Clergymen may not wear their religious garments in public.
  • It is against the law to shout offensive words in public.

Norway

  • It is against the law to sell alcohol on Sundays and on election day.

Philippines

  • Driving restrictions state that cars are not allowed on the road after 7:00am on certain days of the week—on Monday if your license plate ends in a 1 or 2, on Tuesday if your plate ends in a 3 or 4, on Wednesday if it ends in a 5 or 6, on Thursday if your plate ends in 7 or 8, and on Friday if your license plate ends in a 9 or 0.

Portugal

  • It is illegal to relieve oneself in the ocean.

Russia

  • It is illegal to drive a dirty car.

This Lada 500 was built in Russia. The law does not specify how dirty a car must be before the owner is fined.
This Lada 500 was built in Russia. The law does not specify how dirty a car must be before the owner is fined. | Source

Saudi Arabia

  • All establishments except hospitals must close during Islamic prayers, which are held five times daily.

Singapore

  • The sale of chewing gum is prohibited.
  • It is illegal to bring cigarettes into the country.
  • It is against the law to not flush a public toilet after use.

South Africa

  • In you want to purchase a television, you must obtain a license.

Swaziland

  • King Mswati III passed a law in 2002 which stated that women who wear pants face a possible punishment of having the pants ripped off them and torn up by soldiers.

Sweden

  • Anyone who purchases a television must obtain a license for it.

Switzerland

  • It is illegal to wash a car on Sunday.
  • Laundry may not be hung outside to dry on Sundays.
  • Mowing your lawn on Sunday is against the law.
  • It is against the law to flush a toilet after 10:00pm.

Thailand

  • It is illegal for stores to sell alcohol between 12:00Midnight and 11:00am and between 2:00pm and 5:00pm.
  • It is against the law to step on the country's coins or paper money.
  • It is illegal to leave your house without wearing underwear.

United Kingdom

  • A law in effect since 1313 states that it is illegal for an MP (Member of Parliament) to don armor in Parliament.
  • King Edward VI enacted a law about boiled eggs. The law states that any person found breaking a boiled egg at the sharp end will be sentenced to 24 hours in the village stocks.
  • Anyone who purchases a television must obtain a license for it.
  • It is illegal to hang a bed out a window.
  • It is against the law for a woman to be topless in public—except if she is a clerk in a tropical fish store.
  • Oliver Cromwell did not think mince pies were sufficiently Puritan. During his reign, he banned them from being eaten on Christmas Day.

A mince pie is a pastry filled with dried fruit. Oliver Cromwell did not think these pastries were Puritan enough to be eaten on Christmas Day. They were banned during his reign.
A mince pie is a pastry filled with dried fruit. Oliver Cromwell did not think these pastries were Puritan enough to be eaten on Christmas Day. They were banned during his reign. | Source

Vanuatu

  • Alcohol may not be sold in supermarkets and other stores between 12:00Noon on Saturday and Monday morning.

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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

What a list! Most make some sense. Some are just silly and made me laugh out loud!! In Australia they need a licensed electrician to change a light bulb. I am going to tease my aussie friends about that! Also being illegal for obese people to wear polyester in Italy! That was my favorite!!


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Linda (Sunshine625),

Thanks for reading my latest article and being the first person to comment in it.

I had so much fun doing the research for this Hub! I can't decide which of the crazy laws is my favorite. I'll have to read my own writing a few more times before I decide upon one.


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

Hi Daisy, lol! I burst out laughing at the Grasshopper Control Committee, then I got to the pig that must not be called Napoleon and yes I burst out laughing again! and the doll with no face? What's that about?! and big people and polyester, some can wear pants, other countries you can't..really funny stuff Daisy, thanks for the laugh! lol!


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Nell,

Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. As you know, I like to write "gently educational" Hubs. I learned with my article about the US blue laws and today's publication that educational articles don't necessarily have to be serious.

Some of the laws are so silly, one can't keep a straight face when reading about them. I have no idea what the Grasshopper Control Committee in British Columbia, Canada is about. Is the committee so important that their meetings can't be interrupted?

The French hold Napoleon Bonaparte in such esteem, they think it would be disrespectful to name a pig after him.

E.T., the Extraterrestrial is not liked in France. The French didn't want any E.T. dolls sold in their country, so they passed the law which stated that dolls had to have human faces, thus preventing E.T. dolls from being sold.


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

Maybe they are trying to stop the Grasshoppers coming into their building or something? lol! How strange about the dolls. I can understand old laws still being in because they haven't reviewed them, but that's just completely silly! are they so lacking in humor or people liking sci fi? very strange, fascinating stuff though.


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Nell,

Thanks for visiting again. Many Canadians read my articles, and I know a few of them are from British Columbia. Le's hope they'll be able to enlighten us about the committee.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

Loved this list Daisy, some are so crazy. A lot of laws were written so long ago and never get reviewed. Oh, I do change my own light bulbs here in Australia, but don't tell anyone...lol. Voted up.


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

John (Jodah),

Thanks for reading my article and commenting in it.

I once worked in a office building in New York City. Whenever one of the fluorescent ceiling lights went out, we had to call the maintenance department. The personnel belonged to a union, and it was a building requirement that a member of the union had to take care of all maintenance requests.


Saleem Khan 2 years ago

Quite Interesting and firsthand knowledge about the blue Laws, some of them are weird and some are funniest like a joke lol. well.. when we are in those parts of the world Do as the Romans , too bad that I can not wear the skirt in Italy, cannot catch a fish by hand in Canada, cannot flush the toilet after 10:00 pm in Switzerland though it's not my call, but the call of nature and cannot relieve in the ocean in Portugal, when all the rivers run to the sea..LOL.

Thank you Daisy this is Profound and Good information, specially for those who travels to these places and it is good to have the understanding of the Don'ts, otherwise there stay will not be a hotel, but a guest of the state ... lol.


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tillsontitan 2 years ago from New York

Some of my favorites; "Hot pink pants may not be worn after 12:00 Noon on Sundays", "In Nova Scotia, it is against the law to water one's lawn while it is raining", "The name Napoleon may not be given to a pig", "It is illegal to drive a dirty car", and last but certainly not least, "It is against the law for a woman to be topless in public—except if she is a clerk in a tropical fish store." Well, I guess I won't buy hot pink pants to water my lawn in the rain while driving a dirty car topless in a fish store carrying my pet pig Napoleon!

While this was hysterical it is also a bit scary if these laws are actually carried out. Thanks for the great research and entertaining read.

Voted up, useful, funny, interesting, and shared.


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Vellur 2 years ago from Dubai

Australia says it is OK for children to smoke cigarettes and not to buy! does not make any sense. No chewing gums in Singapore, that hurts. An interesting and informative read of blue laws. Thank you for sharing, votes up.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and interesting. Fascinating hub Daisy. Some of those laws are really amusing. Passing this on.


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Saleem,

Thanks, my friend, for taking time from your Google Plus photo sharing community and my poetry community to read and comment in my article.

Blue laws and crazy laws seem to exist all over the world. I wonder how many of the laws are currently on the books because the countries in question forgot the laws were still in place. I doubt that many of the laws are enforced.


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Mary (tillsontitan),

Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. Thanks, too, for sharing my Hub.

Some of the crazy laws are very puzzling to me. Why would someone have to write a law which stated that it was illegal for a woman to be topless in public—except if she is a clerk in a tropical fish store? This doesn't make any sense at all.

I agree with what you wrote about it being scary if some of the laws were actually enforced.


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Nithya (Vellur),

Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment. Quite a few of the laws don't make any sense. The Australian law about children and cigarette smoking is certainly one of them.

Singapore holds cleanliness to be very important. That's why there are laws related to chewing gum. Singapore wants to prevent used chewing gum from being discarded on the pavements and other "non-traditional" places.


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Rasma (Gypsy Rose Lee),

Thanks for reading my article and commenting in it. Thanks, too, for sharing my Hub.

I wonder how much time was spent by politicians in writing these crazy laws and getting them passed.


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CraftytotheCore 2 years ago

Thank you for the laugh! What hysterical nonsense some of these are. I will make notes to self. Never wear pants in some countries or tops in fish stores in others! LOL Wow, I never realized some of the laws are so recent too. I had heard one years ago that it was against the law to put an ice cream cone in your back pocket in the southern USA. But I didn't realize some of the laws are still being made as recent as after 2000. Crazy!


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

CraftytotheCore,

Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. Some of these unusual laws are centuries old, and others are only a few years old. It's difficult to understand why some of the laws were passed.

If you have time, you might like to read my article about crazy laws in the 50 states.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

Yes, I can remember when kids about 10 or 12 would be standing outside a store and ask an entering adult if they would buy them some cigarettes. In the early days you could even buy a single cigarette.

Now I'm off to a tropical fish store to see a lady about buying some fish..lol.


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

John (Jodah),

Thanks for visiting again. Are you traveling to the UK to buy the fish? ;)


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

lol.....hmmm, depends on the lady clerk.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida

Daisy, I love this series. It's interesting to know that so many countries require a license to purchase a TV and one even has a TV tax! I had to chuckle at France's law regarding naming pigs Napoleon.

Great article!


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Shauna (bravewarrior),

Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment.

The countries that require television licenses have government-run TV stations, such as BBC1 and BBC2 in the UK. They want the money from the licenses to offset operating costs and other expenses. The government-run TV stations don't have any commercials.


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amiebutchko 2 years ago from Warwick, NY

Interesting and funny hub! There is a blue law in the town over that states all liquor stores have to have bars in them! So all our weird liquor stores have weird bars, as well. Enjoyed reading!


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Amie.

Welcome to HubPages. It's nice to meet you. Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment.

If you have time. you might like to read my Hub regarding blue laws in the United States. There are a lot of crazy laws in that article, too.


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teaches12345 2 years ago

We had a blue law when living in Virginia for the sale of alcohol. It didn't affect us so it was no problem. I see that many listed here are quite unusual. I don't know how kids and teens do without electronic games in Greece. Great subject and so interesting.


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Dianna (teaches12345),

Thanks for reading my Hub and commenting in it. Most of the blue laws I found for my United States article involved alcohol. Many of those laws probably originated in the Puritan days.

I wonder why the law about electronic games was written in Greece. A total ban seems rather extreme.

The Australian laws are rather crazy, don't you think? Some of them don't make any sense.


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WriterJanis 2 years ago from California

These are crazy and fun. Who thought of these laws? LOL


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Janis,

Welcome to HubPages. It's nice to meet you.

Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. If you get a chance to do so, you might like to read my article about blue laws in the United States.


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David Paul Wagner 2 years ago from Sydney, Australia

A fun Hub, Daisy! Two more countries you may care to research are Tonga and Fiji. On the subject of Tonga, Wikipedia says: "Sunday in Tonga is celebrated as a day for rest and worship; strict Sabbatarianism is enshrined in the constitution. No trade is allowed on Sunday, except essential services, after special approval by the minister of police. Lawbreakers risk a fine or imprisonment."


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

David,

Thank you for reading my article and commenting in it.


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DonnaCaprio 2 years ago from Newburyport, MA

Wow! I never would have imagined such laws could be on the books. I like the German Blue Law that says every office must have a view of the sky!


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Donna,

Welcome to HubPages. It's nice to meet you. Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment.

There are so many interesting blue laws. The Russian law would make a lot of money for the local authorities here if it were illegal in the US to drive a dirty car.


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

Came over to say, Happy Birthday! hope you have a wonderful day!


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AudreyHowitt 2 years ago from California

So funny what we have on the books isn't it??? Hope you have a wonderful day Daisy!


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Nell,

Thanks for stopping by again. Thanks, too, for the birthday greeting. The weather was so nice today, we went to the beach.


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Audrey,

Thanks for reading my article and commenting in it. Some of the laws are laugh-out-loud funny.

If you have time, and you haven't already done so, you might like to read my article about Blue Laws in the United States. The silly string law in Hollywood is very unusual, but I can understand the reason for it.


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Hackslap 2 years ago from Sydney, Australia

hahahah nothing cheered me more than reading this on a wednesday afternoon in the office! .. Being in Australia I'm aware of some strange laws we have here including the ones you listed ..

In Italy you can't be 'working' on Sunday unless you have a very good reason ...another one out of India is they allow you to drive, marry and vote at 18 ..but alcohol's legally prohibited until 25 .....


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Harry (Hackslap),

It's nice to meet you. Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment.

I appreciate your verifying that the Australian laws I mentioned actually exist. If I do an update to my Hub and add more laws, I'll be certain to include the Italian and Indian ones you mentioned.


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thougtforce 2 years ago from Sweden

A wonderful list! I don't know if I shall laugh or cry, but some laws are too funny:) Ha,ha the things important people with power can come up with. Some make sense but some is just to crazy and I can't help thinking about the poor authorities in countries around the world who are supposed to control that the laws are being followed. Imagine how to control that the law about the missionary-style in the District of Columbia! I also want to add that in Sweden we do need a license for having a TV and everyone who has a license must pay four times a year for the it. The fee isn't called tax, but a fee to keep the Public channels free from commersial. But I must admit that it feels like a tax. Thanks for sharing Daisy, and I hope you have a wonderful weekend,

Tina


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Tina,

It's nice to "see" you again. Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment.

It would seem better, wouldn't it, if lawmakers spent time doing something good rather than thinking up crazy laws?

I wish I had time to find out why some of the laws I mentioned in my Hub were enacted. This UK law, for example... It is against the law for a woman to be topless in public—except if she is a clerk in a tropical fish store. I can't even come up with a guess regarding why this law exists.


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MG Singh 2 years ago from Singapore

Law is a vast field. Good you have brought out points in your hub. I shall await your followup on other laws that are crazy


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

MG Singh,

It's nice to "see" you again. Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment.

This Hub is the second one I've published regarding blue laws. I've already written one about blue laws in the United States.


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jainismus 2 years ago from Pune, India

Thank you sharing for a such a great list of blue laws.


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mio cid 2 years ago from Uruguay

Very entertaining hub.Really enjoyed it.


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Mahaveer (jainismus),

It's nice to "see" you again. Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment.


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

mio cid,

It's nice to meet you. Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment.

I know that there are blue laws in New Jersey, your second home. What about in Uruguay?


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mio cid 2 years ago from Uruguay

nice to meet you too, i've followed you for a long time and read many of your hubs and commented before.there are some blue laws in uruguay ,but not any that are religious in nature since Uruguay has been since the beginning very adamant in the separation of church and state even more so than here in the US.but the one that comes to mind is the ban on alcoholic beverages for 24 hours prior to election day.


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

mio cid,

Thanks for visiting again. I appreciate your telling us about blue laws in Uruguay.


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girlonfire 2 years ago

First time to hear the term "blue law"!

To add to the Philippines' list: illegitimate children have to support their parents financially if the latter reach retirement age or cannot/do not make a living.


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

girlonfire,

It's nice to meet you. Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. I appreciate your telling us about a blue law in the Philippines.


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ChitrangadaSharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

Very interesting and informative hub! I must admit I did not know about many of them. One must read this list before landing up in a particular country.

Thanks for sharing this very well researched hub!


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Chitrangada,

Thanks for reading my article and commenting in it. I wasn't aware of most of the laws I mentioned in this Hub until I began doing my research.

I published a companion article about blue laws in the United States. I was aware of a number of those laws.

Are there laws of this type in India?


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ChitrangadaSharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

Hi Daisy!

I don't think there are such laws, called Blue laws in India. But there are many laws to be followed in public life and violations have suitable punishments too. For some matters there is a social understanding about what to do and what is forbidden and people follow accordingly. Then there are some significant days and festivals, on which liquor or non vegetarian items may not be sold.

Thanks again for sharing this useful information!


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Chitrangada,

Thanks for visiting again and adding that very interesting information.


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Paula Atwell 2 years ago from Cleveland, OH

Blue laws are not the only funny laws in the U.S. My daughter goes to a website about once a month to read some goofy laws that are still on the books. One was that you couldn't teach a fish to sing in one of the states. It is also interesting how states differ in a range of laws.


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Paula,

Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. I published this article after I published the one about "unusual" laws in many of the states in the US.


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Paula Atwell 2 years ago from Cleveland, OH

@Daisy I will have to take a look at that one.


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Paula,

Thanks for visiting again. Some of the laws I mention in the US article are "crazier" than the international laws.


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rajan jolly 2 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

These are very funny laws, Daisy. I wasn't aware about most of them.

Thanks for sharing.


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Rock_nj 2 years ago from New Jersey

Bergen County, New Jersey is known for its blue laws that keep most retail businesses closed on Sundays. There was a referendum a few years ago asking whether the blue laws should be removed, and the people of Bergen County voted to keep them. It is not so much a religious thing these days, as it is seen as a day to keep people off the roads in the highly congested New Jersey county.


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Rajan,

Thanks for reading my article and posting you comment. Thanks, too, for sharing my Hub on Facebook. Have you read the companion Hub about blue laws in the United States? Some of those are even funnier,


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

John (Rock_nj),

It's nice to meet you. Thanks for reading my article and commenting in it. When you have time to do so, you might like to read my article about blue laws in the United States.


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AudreyHowitt 20 months ago from California

Just an excellent hub Daisy!


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Daisy Mariposa 20 months ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Audrey,

Thanks for reading my Hub. I'm glad you enjoyed it. This was a fun article to research and write.


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poetryman6969 19 months ago

I have no use for the municipality that will not let me drink. And it is surely a crime to be disallowed from using the ocean as a privy!


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Daisy Mariposa 19 months ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

poetryman6969,

Thank you for reading my article.


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Vellur 14 months ago from Dubai

Came back to read again, great hub.


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Daisy Mariposa 14 months ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Nithya (Vellur),

Thanks for reading my article another time. I appreciate your support of my writing.


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savvydating 8 months ago

•It is illegal to bring bears to the beach. (LoL) I'll have to keep that in mind if I ever visit Israel.

•It is against the law for an obese person to wear polyester. Seriously? That's sad....and confusing.

Great list here. Funny the things nations come up with that are supposedly meant for the greater good and which make no sense WHATSOEVER!


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Daisy Mariposa 8 months ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

savvydating,

It's nice to meet you. Thank you for reading my article and posting your comment. At the time each of these laws were enacted, there must have been a good reason for doing so, but it's difficult now to figure out what it was.

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