Iran submits 4 portfolios for UNESCO registration

January 13, 2011 - 0:0

TEHRAN -- Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization (CHTHO) recently submitted four portfolios documenting Iranian cultural traditions for registration on UNESCO List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Documentation on weddings in the traditional Iranian style, traditional Iranian music, traditional Iranian skills for baking bread, and traditional Iranian skills for making cloth has been prepared by CHTHO’s Office for Registration, Preservation and Restoration of Intangible Cultural and Natural Heritage.
Marriage in the traditional Iranian style and traditional Iranian music are Iran’s main priorities, office general director Atusa Momeni said in statement on Tuesday.
Only two submissions from each member are accepted to be discussed for registration on the list during the annual session of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.
The committee is scheduled to decide on registration of 163 items from several countries during the sixth session of the committee, which will be held in Bali, Indonesia, in November 2011.
Iran’s two other elements will remain on UNESCO’s tentative list, which is an inventory of those properties that each member intends to consider for nomination during the following years.
Noruz and the titles and components of the radifs in traditional Iranian music were registered on UNESCO’s List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2009.
The music of the Bakhshis of the Khorasan region, the Pahlevani and Zurkhaneh sports, the Iranian passion play tazieh, the traditional skills of carpet weaving in the Fars region, and the traditional skills of carpet weaving in Kashan are other Iranian items that were registered on the list last November.
Photo: Turkmen bridegroom (L) guides a camel carrying his bride as part of a traditional wedding ceremony in Gonbade Kavus, northeastern Iran, on September 10, 2010. A reed flute performer and the relatives are seen escorting them. (Mehr/Abutaleb Nadri)