Carnival is a festive season celebrated in the Western Christian world ahead of Lent. Its major events usually take place during February or early March.
Originally a religious season, Carnival has now become more of a public celebration, often featuring parades and street parties. The world's biggest festivities take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In Germany, the Rhineland is a major center for the so-called "Karneval". In other parts of Germany, the festivities are called Fasching, Fastnacht or Fasnet, among others. Here you can find an automatic compilation of all DW content on Carnival.
The UN's cultural agency has removed a much-criticized carnival celebration in Belgium's Aalst from a world heritage list. The party featured a float with caricatures of Orthodox Jews with hooked noses on bags of money.
As populism and Brexit deepen European divisions, a new exhibit in Paris looks at a powerful unifier. Music arriving with post-war migrations from former colonies helped turn two of Europe's most important cities, London and Paris, into multi-cultural melting pots. Lisa Bryant visited the show at the Paris Museum of Immigration History and has this report.
Some revelers view this year's Carnival as a way to push back against President Bolsonaro, who is known for his homophobic and sexist remarks. Samba schools will also highlight minority communities in their performances.