Intangible Cultural Heritage

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Turkey's Intangible Cultural Heritage

Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity is an important list to preserve traditions all around the world, maintaining cultural diversity. Turkey has 18 elements on the list of the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage with the latest inclusion as of 2020.

Turkey in Cultural Heritage

In 2008, UNESCO established the list of Intangible Cultural Heritage in order to ensure the protection of important intangible cultural heritages worldwide and the awareness of their significance as well as the preservation of traditions in the world.

Turkey with its 18 elements inscribed on UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List is among the top 5 in 178 countries which inscribed more elements than others. What an amazing! Come and see for yourself the traditions and colours.

There are also 4 pending nominations for Turkey to enter the list of the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

  • Asure Ritual (pending)
  • Ahlat Stoneworks Tradition (pending)
  • Nomadic Movement of Sarikecili Yoruks (pending)
  • Sabantoy, Habantoy (pending)

18 Amazing Traditions to Preserve

UNESCO, which is the common heritage of humanity and aims to protect universal values, selects and lists the most important traditions of the different cultures from all over the world.

Here are the elements on the representative list of Intangible Cultural Heritage;

  • Mevlevi Sema Ceremony (2008)
  • Arts of the Meddah, Public Storytellers (2008)
  • Karagoz and Hacivat Shadow Theatre (2009)
  • Asiklik (Minstrelsy) Tradition (2009)
  • Kirkpinar Oil Wrestling Festival (2010)
  • Traditional Conversation Meetings (2010)
  • Semah, Alevi Bektasi Ritual (2010)
  • Ceremonial Keskek Tradition (2011)
  • Mesir Paste Festival (2012)
  • Turkish Coffee Culture and Tradition (2013)
  • Ebru, Turkish Art of Marbling (2014)
  • Nevruz Spring Festival (2016)
  • Flatbread Making and Sharing Culture (2016)
  • Traditional Craftsmanship of Cini Making (2016)
  • Hidrellez Spring Celebration (2017)
  • Whistled (Bird) Language (2017)
  • Heritage of Dede Korkut, Epic Culture, Folk Tales and Music (2018)
  • Traditional Turkish Archery (2019)
Turkey's Intangible Cultural Heritage
Hidrellez Spring Celebration, Edirne