#NewDelhi: International feathers again in the crown of Bengal. UNESCO (Kolkata Durga Puja) has been recognized by the UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. ‘Kolkata Durgapujo’ has been added to the list of UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity at the 16th session of the Intergovernmental Committee in Paris, France on 13-16 December. Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself is overwhelmed by this recognition of India and Bengal. He tweeted greetings in Bengali. “It is a matter of pride and joy for every Indian! Durga Puja highlights the best aspects of our cultural and spiritual identity. And, everyone should have the experience of Durga Puja in Kolkata.”
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A matter of pride and joy for every Indian! Durga Puja highlights the best aspects of our cultural and spiritual characteristics. And, everyone should have the experience of Durga Puja in Kolkata. https://t.co/DdRBcTGGs9
– Narendra Modi (narendramodi) December 15, 2021
On the other hand, on behalf of the Ministry of Information and Culture, this recognition of Bengal has been filled with congratulatory messages. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee greeted.
Durga Puja in Kolkata has just been inscribed on the #IntangibleHeritage list.
.UNESCO inscribes ‘Durga Puja in Kolkata’ on the representative list of the intangible cultural heritage of humanityhttps: //t.co/gbwrTtEank pic.twitter.com/7iWsxwnNVY– PIB India (IPIB_India) December 15, 2021
Earlier, the Kumbh Mela was accorded special cultural and heritage status by UNESCO. The fair was given special recognition in 2016 at the twelfth session of UNESCO in Jeju, South Africa. According to UNESCO, the Kumbh Mela is a unique example of unity in diversity in India. This fair is one of the bearers and carriers of Indian tradition, devotion and culture After the Kumbh Mela, Durgapujo, one of the largest festivals in eastern India, has been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. UNESCO will officially announce this on 16 December
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A matter of great pride and joy for every Indian!
Durga Puja highlights the best of our traditions and ethos. And, Kolkata’s Durga Puja is an experience everyone must have. https://t.co/DdRBcTGGs9 – Narendra Modi (arenarendramodi) December 15, 2021
The demand to keep Durgapujo on the UNESCO Heritage List is long overdue The West Bengal government has repeatedly requested the Center to take initiative in this regard Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has also said that Durga Puja (Kolkata Durga Puja) should be included in the UNESCO World Heritage List at various times. Finally, the Government of India applied to UNESCO for the Durgapuja Heritage Medal Many such applications have been submitted to UNESCO worldwide After scrutinizing the petitions at a special session in Paris on 13 December, UNESCO decided to list the Bengali Durga Pujo as a heritage site.
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