Slava and St. George’s Day Traditions Nominated for Inscription on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

The Center for the Intangible Cultural Heritage at the Ethnographic Museum has prepared and sent nominations for inscription of the Slava (celebration of the family patron saint’s day) and St. George’s Day Traditions on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. With the support of local self-governments, regional museums, tourist and non-governmental organizations, as well as individuals, nominations have been prepared with the aim to contribute to the safeguarding of these elements of the intangible heritage, as well as to ensure wider international visibility in addition to the regional and national importance.

In accordance with the decision of the National Committee for the Intangible Cultural Heritage, the Ethnographic Museum in Belgrade, the nominator of the Slava, has prepared the necessary documentation and photo and video documentation supporting the nomination of one of our most recognizable traditions for inscription on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Also, after months of extensive work, an integrated proposal has been harmonized by which the Republic of Serbia, along with the Republic of Croatia, Republic of Macedonia, Romania, Republic of Moldova, and Turkey, has nominated Spring Celebration: Hıdrellez/Saint George’s Day for inscription on the UNESCO List.

With the support of the National Commission for Cooperation with UNESCO at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Culture and Information, the National Committee for the Intangible Cultural Heritage and the Center for the Intangible Cultural Heritage at the Ethnographic Museum have initiated the procedure for inscription of elements of the intangible cultural heritage of Serbia on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The nomination files, prepared in accordance with the established standards concerning contents and technical specifications, have been submitted to the UNESCO section in charge of receiving nominations for possible inscription on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2014.