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Durga Puja added to UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list

Date: 17 December 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous

Issue

The Durga Puja in Kolkata was added by UNESCO under its list for Intangible Cultural Heritage.

 

Background

The development has given international recognition to the cultural pride of Kolkata as well as state of West Bengal.

 

Details

  • Many organizations have been urging UNESCO to include the Durga Puja in the list. The festivities are held not only in West Bengal but also among Bengali community across the world.

  • The last such recognition was given to Kumbh Mela in 2017. Previously, the traditional yoga had found place in the list.

 

Durga Puja

  • The Durga Puja festival is celebrated in September or October, during the holy days of Navaratri.

  • It best displays public performance of religion and art and acts as a thriving ground for collaborative artists and designers.

  • The festival includes setting up of large pavilions where the idol of Goddes Durga is installed and worshipped for 10 days.

  • The festivities go beyond religious boundaries as people belonging to different class, religion and ethnicities come together.

 

UNESCO intangible cultural heritage list

It aims to preserve different oral and intangible treasures of humankind worldwide. The list is published by the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

 

Kolkata city

The city was founded by East India Company in 1690. It was the capital of British India from 1772 to 1911, when the capital was shifted to Delhi.