Sources said UNESCO picked the two from a list of 20 items submitted by the government.
The list now has 180 representations from across the world. Three other recognised events from India are: Ramlila, the traditional performance associated with Dussehra, Koodtiyattam from Kerala, and the traditional Vedic chanting.
Image: Parsi children greet each other on the occasion of Parsi New year.A file picture.
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