06.12.2013 - UNESCO Office in Brasilia

Círio de Nazare is inscribed in the Intangible Cultural Heritage List

© Adriano Chedieck, 2008 Círio de Nazaré in the city of Belém, Pará (Brazil)

The Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, which is meeting until December 7 in Baku (Azerbaijan) at its 8th session, inscribed 14 new properties on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, including Círio de Nazaré (The Taper of Our Lady of Nazareth) in the city of Belém, Pará (Brazil), which is considered one of the world's biggest religious processions.

The Círio de Nazaré feast honours Our Lady of Nazareth. It takes place every second Sunday of October with a procession that follow a wooden statue of Our Lady of Nazareth that proceeds from Sé Cathedral to Sanctuary Square in the city of Belém. A great number of people coming from various parts of Brazil participate in the feast, which mix sacred and profane elements reflecting the multicultural character and richness of the Brazilian society.  While devoted places build altars and choose visitors, the children follow their parents in the festivities, guaranteeing thus a transmission of this cultural traditional practice from generation to generation.

The Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage is an instrument of cultural promotion that intends to provide more visibility to the Intangible Cultural Heritage. The List is important to enhance the awareness on Intangible Cultural Heritage and its recognition to the communities’ traditions and knowledge, which are elements that reflect cultural diversity.

In the List disseminated today, 4 December, in Baku, besides the Círio de Nazaré (Brazil), elements such as the Mediterranean Diet (Chipre, Croacia, Greece, Itaty , Morroco, Portugal, Spain), the Shrimp fishing on horseback in Oostduinkerke (Belgium), Washoku, traditional dietary cultures of the Japanese, notably for the celebration of New Year (Japan), among others.

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