India’s Ancient Kumbh Mela Recognised as Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO

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Kumbah Mela - Largest Human Gathering on Earth

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The age-old religious fair of Kumbh in India has been enlisted in UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage. This India’s most popular fair was inscribed on the Representative List by Intergovernment Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage under UNESCO at its 12th edition at Jeju South Korea. In 2003, the UNESCO General Conference initiated the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Heritage as India’s Ancient Kumbh Mela Recognised Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO.

The list already includes 350+ traditions, art forms and practices like Spain’s flamenco dance, Indonesian batik fabrics, Turkish oil wrestling festival and the Mongolian coaxing ritual for camels. Kumbh Mela is the third intangible cultural heritage from India after Yoga and Nouroz that secured their places last year in 2016. Kumbh Mela, which is held every 12 years in four different destinations in India, namely, Allahabad, Ujjain, Nashik, and Haridwar, is also recognized the largest pilgrim congregation in the world. This year along with the pizza-making art of Naples, Italy, this ancient fair succeeded in securing a position in UNESCO list.

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