Ali Asghar Mounesan

Possible UNESCO-Registration of Yalda is Top on Agenda

Sunday, December 23, 2018 - 09:58

The head of Iran's Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization has stated that “Possible UNESCO-registration of Yalda is top on agenda.”

During a commemoration ceremony for Yalda, held at Tehran’s Niavaran Cultural Center, Ali Asghar Mounesan said that “Possible UNESCO-registration of Yalda is top on agenda.”

He underlined that Yalda is amongst rich rituals Iran and its neighbors have in common, saying “This joint heritage shows that Persian-speaking countries have always been together.” Mounesan also expressed hope that such ancient feast could develop friendship among the neighboring states.

The ritual was registered on the National Heritage List in 2008 and proposed for a global status on UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage List in 2015. It later issued calls for other nations, including the ones sharing a UNESCO-tag for Noruz celebrations, to join in.

Yalda Night (the birth of a new sun) and Noruz or Persian New Year (the birth of a new day) are amongst the most popular ancient Persian festivals, which are also celebrated by some countries in western and central Asia.

According to UNESCO, Yadla ceremonies, in a best way, point to cultural diversity and human creativity, especially when one considers the wide range of the communities that celebrate it.

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