Kumbh Mela has concluded. Kumbh Mela is the largest peaceful congregation of
pilgrims on earth. During the festival pilgrims bathe or take a dip in the holy
Ganges. The festival is held at Prayagraj (Allahabad), Haridwar, Ujjain and
Nasik every four years by rotation. In 2019, it was held at Prayagraj.
Prayagraj Kumbh Mela 2019 has secured place in the Guinness Book of World
Records for the largest crowd management, largest sanitation drive and largest
painting exercise of public site.
2017, Kumbh Mela was included in UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible
Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
total of 13 Intangible cultural heritage elements from India have been
inscribed till date on the UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible
Cultural Heritage of Humanity. These include a) Tradition of Vedic Chanting, b)
Ramleela, c) Kutiyattam, d) Ramman, e) Mudiyettu, f) Klabelia folk songs and
dances, g) Chhau dance, h) Buddhist chanting of Ladakh, i) Sankirtana, j)
Traditional brass and copper craft of utensil making among the Thatheras of
Jandiala Guru, Punjab, k) Yoga, l) Novruz, and, m) Kumbh mela.
Lists of Intangible Cultural Heritage is a list of important intangible
cultural heritages worldwide. It aims at better protection of these intangible
cultural heritages and raise awareness about their significance. The list was
established in 2008 when the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the
Intangible Cultural Heritage came into effect. There are two types of lists: a)
Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity and b) List
of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding.
Cultural Heritage means the practices, representations, expressions, knowledge,
skills –as well as the instruments, objects, artefacts and cultural spaces that
communities, groups or individuals recognize as part of their cultural
heritage. Examples include oral traditions, performing arts, social practices,
rituals, festive events, knowledge and practices concerning nature and the
universe, the knowledge and skills to produce traditional craft.