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UN to list activities as heritage

The gingerbread makers of Croatia, the young men dressed as women rampaging with brooms through a Flanders town, and the French chefs preparing a four-course banquet: all will solemnly be considered by a Unesco committee this week for inclusion among the world’s cultural treasures.

world Updated: Nov 16, 2010 00:18 IST

The gingerbread makers of Croatia, the young men dressed as women rampaging with brooms through a Flanders town, and the French chefs preparing a four-course banquet: all will solemnly be considered by a Unesco committee this week for inclusion among the world’s cultural treasures.

When the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity committee meets for three days in Nairobi, it will consider 47 nominations from 29 countries, as well as four traditional skills now practised by so few people that they are regarded as in danger of extinction. The music, handcrafts, food, traditional gatherings, dances and tribal customs already formally on the list constitute, “a living heritage”, according to Unesco. The Guardian

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