Exploring the local traditions of a destination can offer travelers incredibly gratifying and captivating experiences. While many customs are warmly embraced by visitors, it’s crucial to recognize and protect those that are at risk.

In the current year, 70 countries submitted nominations for consideration by the Unesco committee, resulting in over 50 traditions being accepted into the organization’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list. Among these additions, six are identified as requiring urgent safeguarding. Notable examples include the practice of olive cultivation in Türkiye and Mek Mulung, a traditional Malaysian performance incorporating dance, song, and acting.

Additionally, certain traditions, such as opera singing in Italy and bolero in Cuba and Mexico, have been included in the Representative List, acknowledging their significance. The safeguarding practices of the Sea Turtle Festival in Panama received commendation, while traditional leadership and local communities in Zimbabwe were earmarked for international assistance.

This recognition by Unesco underscores the importance of preserving and protecting diverse cultural practices around the world, ensuring their continued existence for future generations to appreciate and cherish.

Here is the comprehensive list of recent additions to the Unesco Intangible Cultural Heritage list:

  1. Traditional Syrian glassblowing, Syrian Arab Republic
  2. Traditional olive cultivation, Türkiye
  3. Xeedho, Djibouti
  4. Mek Mulung, Malaysia
  5. Ingoma Ya Mapiko, Mozambique
  6. Ancestral and traditional techniques for the elaboration of the ‘Poncho Para’i de 60 Listas’, Paraguay
  7. Rotterdam Summer Carnival, Netherlands
  8. Production of the atlas and adras fabrics, Tajikistan
  9. Sango Festival, Oyo, Nigeria
  10. Dabkeh, Palestine
  11. Aklan piña handloom weaving, Philippines
  12. Polonaise, Poland
  13. Procession and celebrations of Prophet Mohammed’s birthday, Sudan
  14. Alpine pasture season, Switzerland
  15. Art of Akhal-Teke horse breeding and decoration, Turkmenistan
  16. Harees dish, Oman, Saudi Arabia, and United Arab Emirates
  17. Transhumance, Albania, Andorra, Austria, Croatia, France, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Romania, and Spain
  18. Sona, Angola
  19. Tradition of blacksmithing in Gyumri, Armenia
  20. Traditional irrigation, Austria, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Switzerland
  21. Junkanoo, Bahamas
  22. Bolero, Cuba and Mexico
  23. Shuwalid festival, Ethiopia
  24. Traditional craft skills and arts of Al-Mudhif building, Iraq
  25. Arts, skills, and practices associated with engraving on metals (gold, silver, and copper), Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Mauritania, Morocco, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Tunisia, and Yemen
  26. Al-Man’ouché, Lebanon
  27. Sodai straw garden making, Lithuania
  28. Hiragasy, Madagascar
  29. Maltese Village Festa, Malta
  30. Mahadra, Mauritania
  31. Songkran, Thailand
  32. Art of illumination: Təzhib/Tazhib/Zarhalkori/Tezhip/Naqqoshlik, Azerbaijan, Iran, Tajikistan, Türkiye, Uzbekistan
  33. Iftar/Eftari/Iftar/Iftor and its socio-cultural traditions, Azerbaijan, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Türkiye, Uzbekistan
  34. Craftsmanship and performing art of balaban/mey, Azerbaijan, Türkiye
  35. Craftsmanship of mother of pearl inlay, Azerbaijan, Türkiye
  36. Rickshaws and rickshaw painting in Dhaka, Bangladesh
  37. Nguon, Cameroon
  38. Traditional skills of loincloth weaving, Côte d’Ivoire
  39. Garba of Gujarat, India
  40. Jamu wellness culture, Indonesia
  41. Sadeh/Sada celebration, Iran and Tajikistan
  42. Elechek, Kyrgyz female headwear: traditional knowledge and rituals, Kyrgyzstan
  43. Traditional craft of Naga motif weaving in Lao communities, Lao People’s Democratic Republic
  44. Traditional wooden boatbuilding in Carriacou and Petite Martinique, Grenada
  45. Handmade glass production, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Spain
  46. The practice of opera singing, Italy
  47. Practices and meanings associated with the preparation and consumption of ceviche, Peru
  48. Ceramic arts, Uzbekistan
  49. Ch’utillos, Bolivia
  50. Malhun, Morocco
  51. Midwifery, Colombia, Cyprus, Germany, Kyrgyzstan, Luxembourg, Nigeria, Slovenia, and Togo
  52. Safeguarding foster care heritage in the merciful city of Geel, Belgium
  53. Nyckelharpa network, Sweden
  54. ICH safeguarding practices program for the cultural and ecologic Sea Turtle Festival of Armila, Panama
  55. Program for the safeguarding of the Bandos and Parrandas of the Holy Innocents of Caucagua, Venezuela
  56. Traditional leadership and local communities, Zimbabwe

To gain a comprehensive understanding of each of these noteworthy traditional practices recently added to the Unesco Intangible Cultural Heritage list, you are encouraged to explore detailed information available on the official Unesco website. The website provides a wealth of knowledge, offering insights into the cultural significance, historical background, and unique characteristics of each tradition. Delve into the rich tapestry of diverse cultural practices from around the world and appreciate the efforts made to recognize, preserve, and celebrate these invaluable aspects of human heritage. Visit the Unesco website to embark on a virtual journey that unveils the intricacies and beauty of these cultural treasures.


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