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January 27, 2022
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‘Men’s group Colindat’ in Romania and Republic of Moldova, included on UNESCO Heritage List



The Romanian and Moldovan Men’s group Colindat Christmas ritual has been added to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage List at the eighth session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, taking place in Baku, Azerbaijan, Mediafax informs. Last March, the Romanian Ministry of Culture signed the documents necessary to submit three candidacy files for the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity List to the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage Secretariat. The three files referred to the customs of Men’s group Colindat in Romania and the Republic of Moldova, pilgrimage at Sumuleu-Ciuc, and pilgrimage at Moisei Monastery on Great St. Mary’s Day (The Assumption of the Virgin Mary into Heaven). According to the Ministry of Culture, Men’s group Colindat is an ancient custom of Romanian culture practiced in the Republic of Moldova, Romania, and territories related to Romania. Its Latin origin has been the topic of many discussions and has come to be generally accepted. This practice has been part of the Romanian people’s existence for centuries, molding it after high norms of popular ethics and aesthetics. It brings together the most important values of musical, literary, and choreographic folklore that have been perpetuated for generations by word-of-mouth. The eighth session of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage started Monday and ends tomorrow. There were 12 nominations to the Urgent Safeguarding List and 31 nominations to the Representative List. So far, Romania features on the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity List with the Calus ritual (introduced in November 2005), Doina (October 2009), and Horezu ceramics (December 2012).

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