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UNESCO honour for two Indian festivals

Last updated on: October 01, 2009 17:38 IST
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation has added Navruz, the Parsi new year, and Ramman, a religious festival and ritual theatre of Uttarakhand, to its illustrious list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

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.

Photopgraph: SM/Saab Pictures



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