Monday, May 29, 2017

Carnival of Binche: Intangible but the oranges are tangible

On watching the Carnival of Binche
Ash Wednesday cometh
Giles: It’s an intangible world heritage event, you know.
Gustav: Looks pretty tangible to me. I mean, you see and hear the drums and the dancing. And when they throw the oranges, gee, you feel them hit you.
Giles: Tangerines? What intangible means is an activity which is somewhat abstract. A carnival is not precisely definable or measurable.
Gustav: So what is it that epitomizes the carnival: the peacock hats or the wax masks? The glasses perhaps?
Giles: Perhaps it is the carnival’s roots in the 14th century. Its age, its roots, the costuming, the music, make it mysterious.

The Carnival of Binche is celebrated each year in Binche, Belgium during three days preceding Ash Wednesday. It is recognized by UNESCO as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

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