Thursday, January 23, 2014

New 2013 Intangible Cultural Heritage Elements

The UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Heritage concluded its annual meeting in Baku, Azerbaijan at the start of December. I was a bit busy with work, a house move, Christmas preparations, and time off, so it kind of passed me by. My belated congratulations to all the new listed elements!

More information on intangible heritage on UNESCO's site.

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity
Annual pilgrimage to the mausoleum of Sidi ‘Abd el-Qader Ben Mohammed (Sidi Cheikh) (Algeria)
Practices and knowledge linked to the Imzad of the Tuareg communities of Algeria, Mali and Niger (Algeria – Mali – Niger)
Traditional art of Jamdani weaving (Bangladesh)
Shrimp fishing on horseback in Oostduinkerke (Belgium)
Círio de Nazaré (The Taper of Our Lady of Nazareth) in the city of Belém, Pará (Brazil)
Chinese Zhusuan, knowledge and practices of mathematical calculation through the abacus (China)
Mediterranean diet (Cyprus – Croatia – Spain – Greece – Italy – Morocco – Portugal)
Commemoration feast of the finding of the True Holy Cross of Christ (Ethiopia)
Limousin septennial ostensions (France)
Ancient Georgian traditional Qvevri wine-making method (Georgia)
Sankirtana, ritual singing, drumming and dancing of Manipur (India)
Celebrations of big shoulder-borne processional structures (Italy)
Washoku, traditional dietary cultures of the Japanese, notably for the celebration of New Year (Japan)
Kyrgyz epic trilogy: Manas, Semetey, Seytek (Kyrgyzstan)
Traditional craftsmanship of the Mongol Ger and its associated customs (Mongolia)
Knowledge, skills and rituals related to the annual renewal of the Q’eswachaka bridge (Peru)
Kimjang, making and sharing kimchi (South Korea)
Men’s group Colindat, Christmas-time ritual (Moldova – Romania )
Xooy, a divination ceremony among the Serer (Senegal)
Music of Terchová (Slovakia)
Feast of the Holy Forty Martyrs in Štip (Macedonia)
Turkish coffee culture and tradition (Turkey)
Petrykivka decorative painting as a phenomenon of the Ukrainian ornamental folk art (Ukraine)
La Parranda de San Pedro de Guarenas y Guatire (Venezuela)
Art of Đờn ca tài tử music and song in southern Viet Nam (Viet Nam)

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding
Chovqan, a traditional Karabakh horse-riding game in the Republic of Azerbaijan (Azerbaijan)
Paach ceremony (Guatemala)
Mongolian calligraphy (Mongolia)
Empaako tradition of the Batooro, Banyoro, Batuku, Batagwenda and Banyabindi of western Uganda (Uganda)

Register of Best Safeguaring Practices
Methodology for inventorying intangible cultural heritage in biosphere reserves: the experience of Montseny (Spain)

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