UNESCO recognises Kumbh Mela as India’s cultural heritage

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Kumbh Mela

The Kumbh Mela has been recognised by UNESCO as an “intangible cultural heritage of humanity”, a tweet posted on Thursday by the international organisation, said.

At its 12th session in Jeju, South Korea, the intergovernmental committee for safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage under the UN body inscribed the Kumbh Mela on the “representative list of the intangible cultural heritage of humanity.”

The meeting, which opened on 4 December, will end on 9 December. Kumbh Mela, considered the world’s largest congregation of religious pilgrims, joins new elements from Botswana, Colombia, Venezuela, Mongolia, Morocco, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates, on the list.

The inscription of elements on the list helps countries which are a part of UNESCO’s convention for safeguarding cultural heritage to mobilise international cooperation and assistance for ensuring that communities continue to practice and transmit such aspects of their heritage. This is indeed a proud moment for India.

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