Men’s group goes wassailing, one of Romania’s suggestions for UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage

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Minister of Culture and National Patrimony Hunor Kelemen on Tuesday signed the documents by which Romania submitted to the secretariat of the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage three files for candidacy on the List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

According to a release the Ministry of Culture and National Patrimony (MCNP) sent on Wednesday, the three files refer to a men’s group going wassailing in Romania and the Republic of Moldova (a file that was jointly made by Romania and the Republic of Moldova), the pilgrimage to Sumuleu-Ciuc (central Romania) and the pilgrimage to the Moisei Monastery on the festival of Dormition, August 15.

‘These three files are the result of the assiduous and devoted work done by several groups of experts, a work that was done in the past few years. The minister thanked all people involved in this project. This step is part of the MCPN effort meant to intensify Romania getting connected to the world cultural exchanges and the active presence of our country in the international cultural bodies,’ informs MCPN.

The UNESCO List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity was officially drawn up in 2008, in keeping with a convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, which was concluded in Paris, on October 17, 2003. The list currently includes 166 works from 76 countries.

The Intangible Cultural Heritage refers to traditions and oral phrases, including the language as a vector of the intangible cultural patrimony, the performing arts, social practices, rituals and festive events, knowledge and practices referring to nature and the universe, techniques connected to traditional trades.

So far Romania has been present in the UNESCO List of the Tangible Cultural Heritage with the ritual of the Calus, which was included on November 25, 2005, and the Doina, which was accepted on October 2, 2009.

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