Basler Fasnacht recognised by UNESCO
The long running Baseler Fasnacht has been recognized by UNESCO as an ‘intangible heritage’.
The UN’s cultural body praised Fasnacht – saying it promotes social cohesion and tolerance and safeguards the local dialect.
UNESCO made the decision at a meeting in South Korea.
The carnival is held every year on the Monday after Ash Wednesday and lasts for three days.
More than 200,000 people descend on the city every year to watch the parades.
The 2018 Basler Fasnacht starts exactly 4am on Monday 19 February.