Sharing information to encourage multinational files



Intangible cultural heritage is often shared by communities on the territories of more than one State, and multinational inscriptions of such shared heritage on the Lists constitute an important mechanism for promoting international cooperation. The Committee therefore decided (7.COM 14) to establish an on-line resource through which States Parties can announce their intentions to nominate elements and other States Parties may learn of opportunities for cooperation in elaborating multinational nominations.

You will find below such intentions declared by States Parties using the dedicated online form.

You can also consult the files already submitted that have not yet been examined.

Intentions to nominate elements

The designations employed and the presentation in the following texts submitted by States Parties do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of UNESCO concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area or of its authorities or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries.

Nominating state(s)
and contacts
India; Iran (Islamic Republic of); Pakistan; Tajikistan

Office for Inscription, Preservation and Revitilization of Intangible and Natural Heritage

Farhad Nazari

Date of submission: 19-03-2015
Title: Chogan, Chovgan, Chowgan, Chevgan

Intended for: -

Communities concerned: -
“Chogan” is a traditional game played on horseback between two opposing teams in which the objective is to strike a round ball (“gooye”) with a wooden stick (“chogan”) against the opposing team’s goal. The game is played over an open field called a “meydan”. The earliest records of chogan in Iran date back to over 2,000 years. Each game of chogan is accompanied by music, rituals and traditional dress. Such rituals include horse parades prior to games and actual chogan games during Norooz festivals, weddings, and many other popular social events. Chogan games are accompanied by a long oral tradition of reciting poetry and songs describing ancient chogan games. Chogan is featured extensively in local traditional art and handicrafts in Iran and chogan has been highly influential in such art as a basic element of traditional Persian miniature paintings. There is a particular type of performing art called “Shahnamehkhani” in Iran that features elaborate descriptions in Persian verse from the “Shanameh” of ancient chogan games in Iran. It is Iran’s intention to inscribe chogan and all of its various cultural dimensions jointly together with other regional nations that share this element for safeguarding.
Iran (Islamic Republic of)

Office for Inscription, Preservation and Revitilization of Intangible and Natural Heritage

Farhad Nazari;;;

Date of submission: 19-03-2015
Title: Celebration of Yaldā , Shab-e Chelle (Persian)Shab-e Yalda (Persian)Chilla Gajasi (Turkish)Chilla Gejasi (Turkish)Chille Gijasi (Turkish)Shew vi yelda (Kurdish)Chelle (South West of Iran

Intended for: Representative List

Communities concerned: All people of Iran
By the dawn of the first day of winter (21th December, solstice winter) the longest night of the year, called Shab-e Chelle (“Chelle night”) or Shab-e Yaldã(“Yaldã night”) comes to an end. Following this event, the length of the days increases gradually. It is for this fact that Shab-e Chelle is described as the “night of the birth of the sun”. Yaldā constitutes one of the four major seasonal feasts of Iran and is known as one of the most ancient national festivals of the country. Public sympathy and love provide this ritualistic festival with one of its defining features. This ICH element is transmitted to younger generations mainly through oral and informal means. There are a number of beliefs and traditions prevailing among people about Shab-e Chelle ceremonies. Among the features associated with this element, the outstanding presence of the color “red” is significant; red pomegranates, red water-melons, red grape products, and the like, which constitute inseparable parts of the ceremonies are only some examples. Gathering in the elders’ houses, round a special Sofre (“table cloth spread on the ground”), on which various ritualistically regarded elements are set for consumption (including the abovementioned red elements, as well as Shab-e Chelle nuts, Shab-e Chelle traditional Iranian Soup, and various other food stuff. - Recitations from Divan-e Hafez, Shahname of Ferdowsi. - Story-telling , especially by elders of the family - Singing songs, and playing musical instruments.