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UNESCO: French bread, Chinese tea ceremony, join protected heritage list


They have been included in the Representative List of The Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanityduring a meeting this week in Rabat, Morocco.

Nineteen elements have been added to the list of priceless national treasures, recognizing and promoting the diversity of cultural practices and know-how of long-standing communities.

Five other elements, including Ukraine’s borscht cooking culture and traditional Ahlat stoneware from Türkiye, have been included in the list of Intangible Cultural Heritage in urgent need of protection,

Food week, faith, celebration

Holy Week is one of Guatemala’s most notable events. It is both a religious and cultural celebration in memory of Christ’s passion, death, and resurrection.

Parades, prayers and funerals are held; seasonal food is served; The fronts of houses and buildings were decorated, and tapestries, orchards, and altars were created. However, activities and common factors vary from region to region.

UNESCO note that these practices and traditions have been passed on to younger generations for centuries, through active participation in the event and preparations, as well as through the media.

“The event promotes tolerance and inclusion through the participation of people from different social groups, and promotes mutual respect and appreciation among the individuals and organizations involved. .

Tea, in addition to being an agricultural product, is also of great significance in Chinese national culture.

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Tea, in addition to being an agricultural product, is also of great significance in Chinese national culture.

Tea ceremony, from leaf to cup

Tea permeates everyday life in China, where it is served in homes, workplaces, teahouses, restaurants, and temples.

It is an important part of social interaction and of ceremonies, including weddings.

Traditional Chinese tea processing techniques require knowledge, skill and practice around tea plantation management, tea picking, and manual processing.

These are passed down through families and apprentices, including tea makers, farmers and artisans, as well as bakers who are often served with tea.

French daily bread

The baguette is the most popular bread in France, and its inclusion on the UNESCO List celebrates the know-how and craft culture surrounding the beloved loaf, made with just four ingredients: flour noodles, water, salt, as well as yeast and/or yeast.

Baguettes require specific knowledge and techniques. They are baked during the day in small batches and results vary by temperature and humidity.

The traditional manufacturing process involves steps that include weighing and mixing ingredients, kneading, fermenting, manually shaping and marking the dough with shallow cuts, known as the baker’s signature.

There are also social and consumer practices associated with baguettes that distinguish them from other types of bread, such as daily visits to bakeries to purchase a loaf and display racks. specifically presented to accommodate their elongated shape.

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