Durga Puja UNESCO Heritage
The Durga Puja festival is now on UNESCO's list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity!
The decision was taken during the 16th session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (December 13-16, 2021). The reason, as stated by UNESCO on its website:
"DURING THE EVENT, THE DIVIDES OF CLASS, RELIGION AND ETHNICITIES COLLAPSE AS CROWDS OF SPECTATORS WALK AROUND TO ADMIRE THE INSTALLATIONS. IT IS ALSO SEEN AS THE BEST INSTANCE OF THE PUBLIC PERFORMANCE OF RELIGION AND ART, AND AS A THRIVING GROUND FOR COLLABORATIVE ARTISTS AND DESIGNERS. THE FESTIVAL IS CHARACTERIZED BY LARGE-SCALE INSTALLATIONS AND PAVILIONS IN URBAN AREAS, AS WELL AS BY TRADITIONAL BENGALI DRUMMING AND VENERATION OF THE GODDESS. "