UNESCO adds ‘Meskel Festival’ to ‘intangible heritage’ list

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Addis Ababa, December 5 (WIC) – United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) registered 'Meskel Festival' of Ethiopia as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.   

'Meskel Festival' is a commemoration feast of the finding of the True Holy Cross of Christ. It is celebrated across Ethiopia on 26 September to commemorate the unearthing of the True Holy Cross of Christ.
Celebrations centre around the burning of the ‘Damera’ bonfire in Maskel Square in Addis Ababa. Hundreds of thousands of people from diverse communities flock to the square as colorfully dressed priests chant hymns and prayers and perform their unique rhythmic dance.
Maskel brings families and communities together from across the nation and promotes spiritual life through reconciliation, social cohesion and peaceful coexistence.
The Committee decided that these elements satisfies the criteria for inscription on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
The ‘Meskel Festiva’ is among 14 new entries to UNESCO’s list of “intangible heritages” in need of being preserved. Envoys picked the new listings at a meeting in the Azerbaijani capital Baku on Wednesday.

Established in 2008, the Intangible Cultural Heritage list comprises some 100 traditional events from around the globe and is designed to “help demonstrate the diversity of this heritage and raise awareness about its importance,” according to UNESCO.

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