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UNESCO embraces tradition
The use of the Chinese abacus, the making of Turkish coffee, and the annual renewal of a rope suspension bridge in Peru are three of this year’s 25 additions to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list. The list launched in 2008 with 90 traditions; since then about 200 more have been inscribed. Some to make the cut in 2013 include:
- The narration of the deeds of Krishna through song (Sankirtana) in India
- Petrykivka (folk) painting of flora and fauna in the Ukraine
- The preparation of preserved veggies — aka kimchi — in Korea
- The craftsmanship of the round, portable Mongol ger or yurt
- A nighttime divination ceremony accompanied by drums in Senegal
- Jamdani weaving via handloom in Bangladesh
- The Mediterranean Diet of Greece, Italy, Morocco, Spain, Portugal etc.
- The festivals and rituals celebrating San Pedro the Apostle in Venezuela
- Shrimp fishing on horseback in Belgium
- Wine making in an egg-shaped earthenware vessel (or qvevri) in Georgia
For the complete list: unesco.org/culture/ich/en/lists. [CC]
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