"Congratulations #Italy!" it said in a tweet after a meeting in Jeju, South Korea where the decision was made.
The inscription of ´KumbhMela´ was recommended by the expert body which examines in detail the nominations submitted by Member States.
The art of Naples' dough-twirling pizza makers joined UNESCO's list of "intangible heritage" Thursday, December 7, securing the coveted status alongside a host of cultural treasures including a Saudi art form traditionally practiced only by women. This inscription is the third in two years following the inscriptions of ´Yoga´ and ´Nouroz´ on December 1, 2016. The Committee observed that ´KumbhMela´ is the largest peaceful congregation of pilgrims on earth. "The festival, held in Allahabad, Haridwar, Ujjain and Nasik, represents a syncretic set of rituals related to worship and ritual cleansing in holy rivers in India", the MEA said.
Reacting to the recognition, Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma said it was a proud moment for India.
Intangible cultural heritage means the practices, representations, expressions, knowledge, skills - as well as the instruments, objects, artefacts and cultural spaces associated with them that communities, groups and, in some cases, individuals recognise as a part of their cultural heritage.
Armenia ratified UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (2003) in 2006 and, until now the organization has included four Armenian elements in its intangible cultural heritage list - the traditional Armenian bread lavash, the Armenian duduk, the khachkar (Armenian cross stones) and the Armenian national epic "David of Sassoun".
The Kumbh Mela joins new elements from Botswana, Colombia, Venezuela, Mongolia, Morocco, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates on the UNESCO list.