UNESCO names Kumbh Mela Intangible Cultural Heritage

Mindy Sparks
December 8, 2017

The recognition follows an earlier decision by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation to inscribe the Irish Folklore Commission Collection into its "Memory of the World" register.

"Congratulations #Italy!" it said in a tweet after a meeting in Jeju, South Korea where the decision was made. The Committee observed that Kumbh Mela is the largest peaceful congregation of pilgrims on earth.

The ministry of external affairs (MEA) said on Thursday that the inscription is the third in two years following the inscriptions of "Yoga" and "Nouroz" (Persian new year having its origins in the Parsi faith) on December 1, 2016.

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.


"Knowledge and skills relating to Kumbh Mela are mainly imparted through the teacher-student relationship, but transmission and safeguarding are also ensured through oral traditions and religious and historical texts", it added.

The Kumbh Mela is held in four places of India; Haridwar, Allahabad, Ujjain, and Nashik which represent the ritual of worship. 12,000 police officers were posted over there, while the setup of 35,000 toilets, 14 medical centres, 22,000 street lights, 150 kilometers of temporary roads, 18 bridges, and new sewage facilities was organised during the time of Kumbh Mela for the convenience of devotees.

UNESCO also accepted Chogan, an Iranian horse-riding game accompanied by music and storytelling, and the craft of millers operating windmills and watermills in the Netherlands.

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