United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has inscribed Kumbh Mela on its Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity during its 12th session being held at Jeju, South Korea from 4-9 December.
With the inclusion, Kumbh Mela now joins the elements from Botswana, Colombia, Venezuela, Mongolia, Morocco, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates on the list.
Intangible cultural heritage means the practices, representations, expressions, knowledge, skills as well as the instruments, objects, artefacts and cultural spaces associated with them that communities, groups and, in some cases, individuals recognize as a part of their cultural heritage. About Kumbh Mela
Kumbh Mela is considered as the world's largest congregation of religious pilgrims, which is held in Allahabad, Haridwar, Ujjain and Nashik.
It represents a syncretic set of rituals related to worship in India.
It is a social ritual and festive event which is closely linked to the community's perception of its own history and memory.