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UNESCO Recognizes Armenian Kochari Dance as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

07 Décembre 2017

A Unesco committee meeting on Thursday in South Korea approved the culinary kudos, which were greeted by Italy's Minister for Agriculture Maurizio Marinta with a declaration of "Victory!"

This intangible cultural heritage is constantly recreated by communities and groups in response to their environment, their interaction with nature and their history, and provides them with a sense of identity and continuity, thus promoting respect for cultural diversity and human creativity.

The inscription of Kumbh Mela was recommended by the expert body, which examines in detail nominations submitted by Member States.

The session, which started on December 4, is to end on December 9. The inscription of Kumbh is the third in two years after the addition of Yoga and the Parsi festival Nouroz on December 2016.

"Kumbh Mela is considered to be the largest peaceful congregation of pilgrims on earth, attended by millions irrespective of caste, creed or gender", Sharma tweeted.

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Kumbh Mela was given the nod by the United Nations cultural body's World Heritage Committee, which met on the South Korean island of Jeju.

The Kumbh Mela, held in Allahabad, Haridwar, Ujjain and Nasik, represents a syncretic set of rituals related to worship and cleansing in holy rivers.

Armenia ratified UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (2003) in 2006 and, until now the organization has included four Armenian elements in its intangible cultural heritage list - the traditional Armenian bread lavash, the Armenian duduk, the khachkar (Armenian cross stones) and the Armenian national epic "David of Sassoun".

The Committee also took note of the fact that knowledge and skills related to ´KumbhMela´ are transmitted through the Guru-Shishyaparampara (teacher-student relationship) by way of saints and sadhus teaching their disciples about traditional rituals and chants.

Kumbh Mela, the mass Hindu pilgrimage of faith, has been inscribed on the Unesco's Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

UNESCO Recognizes Armenian Kochari Dance as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity