…In Bavaria. In the 2004 elections to the European Parliament, the German state of Bavaria recorded a rather depressing voter turnout of less than 40 percent. And, despite the best efforts of this blogging platform, the 2009 vote is expected to be even lower. Why? Well, in a word, Pentecost.
In Catholic Bavaria, people take their church holidays very seriously, and Pfingsten (Pentecost) is a very serious holiday because the state’s schools will close from 2 June to 13 June and families will take to the hills. Or the Alps. Or Italy. Or Turkey. Or wherever the sun happens to be shining. With polling set for 7 June in Germany, Bavarians will be absent in record numbers. Although, if the recession turns into a Depression, voters might defer their Pentecostal holidays and go to the polls instead. That’s the silver political lining in this financial crisis cloud.