New Delhi: On 15th December, Kolkata’s Annual Durga Puja Festival got awarded with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) heritage Tag. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee have welcomed the decision by UNESCO.
PM Modi hailed the UNESCO move as a “matter of great pride and joy for every Indian”. He tweeted, “Durga Puja highlights the best of our traditions and ethos. And, Kolkata’s Durga Puja is an experience everyone must have,”
Whereas, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee said, “Proud moment for Bengal! To every Bengali across the world, Durga Puja is much more than a festival, it is an emotion that unites everyone. And now, Durga Puja has been added to the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. We are all beaming with joy!”
The decision was taken by the 16th Committee of UNESCO for the safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH). In a meeting held on 15th December 2021 in Paris, the committee described the Durga puja in Kolkata on the representative list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.