The first independent nomination of Pakistan, the ancient Suri Jagek tradition, practiced by the Kalash Indigenous, was approved by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for inclusion in the list of this year’s intangible cultural heritage.
‘Suri Jagek‘ is a traditional meteorological and astronomical practice based on the observation of the sun, the moon and the stars in connection with local topography.
The decision was taken at the 13th session of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee held in Mauritius on Wednesday.
It is practiced by the Kalash indigenous community who lives in the Chitral district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan province.
Suri Jagek plays an important role in the Kalash community’s compliance with important social events such as parties, parties, ritual, livestock and agricultural practices.
The Permanent Representative of Pakistan to UNESCO and Pakistan Ambassador to France Moin ul The Hague, commenting on this latest development, describes the acceptance of Suri Jagek tradition by UNESCO as a historical achievement and said that this important and unique tradition will now be protected as part of the shared human race of the whole world and will continue to serve its spiritual and utilitarian purposes.
He said that this achievement also reflects the priority of the current government to place culture in the midst of its development policy.
The ambassador added that the adoption of Suri Jagek, which is Pakistan’s first independent nomination in this forum, is a milestone for ensuring better visibility of rich traditions and diverse cultural heritage.
Pakistan’s delegation at the 13th session of the Intergovernmental Committee on the Protection of Intangible Cultural Heritage was led by Ahmed Zahid Khan Jotoi, Acting High Commissioner of Pakistan in Mauritius.
Other deputies were Naushad Khaliq Officer Department of the National History and Literature Heritage, Islamabad and Faisal Idris, Attachment of Education and Culture of the High Commissioner for Pakistan, Mauritius.
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