UNESCO recognises Kumbh Mela as India's cultural heritage

Angelo Anderson
December 7, 2017

The art of Neapolitan pizza-making won world heritage status on Thursday, joining a horse-riding game from Iran and Dutch wind mills on Unesco's culture list.

The dossier was recognized as a masterpiece of heritage of humanity and inscribed in UNESCO's list without any objections or provisions.

The inscription of the Kumbh Mela was recommended by the expert body which examines the nominations submitted by member states. The committee observed it was the largest peaceful congregation of pilgrims on earth.

Naples' pizza twirling joined UNESCO's list of "intangible heritage" Thursday, securing the coveted status alongside a host of cultural treasures including a Saudi art form traditionally practiced only by women.

The decision was made at the 12th session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage taking place at the island's International Convention Center from December 4-9.


The event has its origins in Hindu mythology which tells how a few drops from a pitcher containing the nectar of immortality are said to have fallen during a fight between gods and demons on the four locations across India which host the festival-Allahabad, Nasik, Ujjain and Haridwar-every four years.

"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.

"The committee observed that "Kumbh Mela" is the largest peaceful congregation of pilgrims on earth". "Knowledge and skills related to the element are primarily transmitted in the "bottega" of the Pizzaiuolo, where young apprentices can observe their master at work".

In 2003, the UNESCO General Conference had adopted the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Heritage as an global treaty, acknowledging that cultural heritage was more than tangible places, monuments and objects and that it also encompassed traditions and living expressions.

Other practices to receive resources include Botswana's Dikopelo folk music, songs about herding and milking from Colombia and Venezuela, Mongolian traditional worship, the Taskiwin martial dance from Morocco and traditional poetry recitals from the United Arab Emirates.

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