Navruz and plov included in the UNESCO Heritage List

Category: Uzbek food, Holidays

Navruz and plov included in the UNESCO Heritage ListCelebration of Navruz as well as traditions and culture of uzbek plov have added to the Representational UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage, informs the official page of the organization. The Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage had taken the decision on its introduction at the Ethiopian meeting that lasted until 2 December.

On traditions and culture of plov making, representatives of the organization note that it is a dish made of rice, meat, spices and vegetables, served during daily meal times as well as special events such as charity to the poor and on remembrance days. This tradition is an essential part of the Uzbek culture, kept in the family and passed from older generation to the younger, in communication with the peers thus strengthening social ties.

As for Navruz, another cultural heritage, was initiated by a group of countries consisting of Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, India, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Turkey and Uzbekistan for including in the representative list of UNESCO. The fest is celebrated on 21 March and signifies the beginning of a new year. Special dishes are cooked for Navruz, outdoor merrymaking and performances are organized, different rituals are held.

It is to remind that UNESCO Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage adds well-known cultural and natural values that need to be guarded and preserved. There are currently 366 elements in the list.