Carnival of Aalst removed by UNESCO

Published on December 17, 2019
Current context: UNESCO has removed an annual Belgian carnival of Aalst from its List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
Carnival of Aalst removed by UNESCO
  • The UNESCO committee has removed it over persistent charges of anti-Semitism.
  • The officials found the "recurrence of racist and anti-Semitic representations" to be incompatible with its principles of the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.
  • The carnival of Aalst of Belgium, was initially added to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) list of the intangible cultural heritage of humanity in 2010.
  • The carnival is mainly a street happening and is celebrated in the days preceding Ash Wednesday annually.

Question: 

Q.1 The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has recently removed __________ from the list of the intangible cultural heritage of humanity?
a. Celestinian forgiveness celebration of Italy
b. Kumbh Mela of India
c. The carnival of Aalst of Belgium
d. Byzantine chant of Cyprus

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