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Kumbh Mela on UNESCO's list of intangible cultural heritage

It said the inscription was the third in two years following "Yoga" and "Nouroz".

The inscription of the Kumbh Mela was recommended by the expert body which examines the nominations submitted by member states. The element is compatible with existing worldwide human rights instruments since people from all walks of life, without any discrimination participate in the festival with equal fervor.

He observed: "This inclusion represents an honour for a most valuable part of Irish culture, and for Uilleann Piping throughout the world, and is a valuable recognition of the skills, imagination, creativity and importance of those who make, restore and play na píobaí uilleann". This would ensure the continuity and viability of this festival in perpetuity. In the ensuing battle between Devas and Asuras, a few drops of this nectar fell in Haridwar, Allahabad, Ujjain and Nasik and since then KumbhMela has been held in these places.

The President congratulated those who made this global recognition possible and said the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage not only celebrates human diversity and ingenuity, but raises "awareness of the importance of protecting our shared cultural heritage".

The inscription of elements on the list helps countries which are a part of UNESCO's convention for safeguarding cultural heritage to mobilise worldwide cooperation and assistance for ensuring that communities continue to practise and transmit such aspects of their heritage.

The practice helps strengthen interpersonal bonds and is key to the regional identity of the communities concerned, UNESCO said.

The UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage is made up of traditions that are considered to enrich all of humanity.

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