Kumbh Mela is the largest peaceful congregation of pilgrims on earth.
The festival, held in Allahabad, Haridwar, Ujjain and Nasik, represents a syncretic set of rituals related to worship and ritual cleansing in holy rivers in India.
As a religious festival, the tolerance and inclusiveness that Kumbh Mela demonstrates are especially valuable for the contemporary world.
Intangible cultural heritage?
The UNESCO Convention for Safeguarding the Intangible Cultural Heritage, adopted in 2003.
It defines intangible cultural heritage as the practices, representations, expressions as well as knowledge and skills that communities, groups and, in some cases, individuals recognise as part of their cultural heritage
The Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage under UNESCO
Inscribed ´KumbhMela´ on the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity during its 12th session held at Jeju, South Korea.
This inscription is the third in two years following the inscriptions of ´Yoga´ and ´Nouroz´.