A group advocating the separation of church and state in Iceland is organising a public bingo match on Good Friday, in defiance of a law which bans the playing of bingo over the Easter holiday.
As the Grapevine reported, a statement the police sent to the media earlier this month cautioned the general public to remember that fun, in the form of dances or parties – whether hosted by businesses or a private affair held at a place of business – is not permitted on Good Friday or Easter. This includes the drawing of lotteries, bingo, or other forms of public gaming.
In response, a group called Action For The Separation of Church And State will be hosting a public bingo match on Austurvöllur, in front of parliament, this Friday from 18:00 to 22:00.
The event has been posted on Facebook where, at the time of this writing, some 125 people have said they will attend.
This public bingo match on Good Friday has apparently been held for several years in a row, and police have never made any arrests. “It is our hope that parliament quickly repeals this ridiculous law, and that clubs can be open on ‘days of prayer’ in the near future,” the organisers say in part.