Dec 09 2017

UNESCO adds Hıdırellez festival to cultural heritage list

Hıdrellez festival, which is celebrated by Muslim and Christian communities in Anatolia and the Balkans, has been added to the UNESCO “intangible cultural heritage list” by the joint application of Macedonia and Turkey, the organisation said in a statement:

The Spring Celebration Hıdrellez takes place annually on 6 May, which is recognized as Spring Day or the awakening of nature. To mark the occasion, various ceremonies and rituals connected with nature are performed, guaranteeing the wellbeing of the family and community and protecting livestock and crops. The rituals provide the community with a deep sense of cultural belonging and the viability of the tradition is ensured primarily through the annual performance of the celebration and the organization of related events.

Other elements of world culture inscribed on Dec. 7 at the meeting of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in Jeju, Korea included Armenia’s Kochari dance, Azerbaijan’s dolma making, Greece’s rebetiko music, Iran and Azerbaijan’s joint application for Kamancha playing, and the 1 March celebrations in Bulgaria, Macedonia, Moldova and Romania.

The whistle language used in Turkey’s Black Sea region was also added to the list of cultural heritage in need of urgent safeguarding.

With this year’s additions, a total of 16 cultural elements from Turkey are now on the UNESCO cultural heritage list.