As I was ordering dinner today and wanted a glass of the house red wine to go with it, I was informed that today was dry day. These occasionally occurring days usually conincide with national holidays or significant religious zeniths. This day was republic day.
What this means is that there is no alcohol available, the restaurants don’t serve it and the wine shops are closed. Or at least partially, sometimes you can buy stuff in the alley behind the shop – but don’t tell the authorities.
The reason for this practice is that alcohol and being intoxicated at any level is seen as an unpure thing, something that should be avoided when you’re supposed to be celebrating whatever it is that is being celebrated.
My tip? Stock up on some beers in the fridge and have one if the thirst is overwhelming, unless some personal conviction tells you otherwise.