Second coordination meeting with UNESCO category 2 institutes and centres (C2Cs) and UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs related to the Culture Sector 23-24 November 2017, UNESCO Headquarters
Bulgarian Chitalishte (Community Cultural Centre) was selected in 2017 on the UNESCO Register of Good Safeguarding Practices


The Nomination  for the ICH element  Martenitsa is inscribed in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity of UNESCO

During the meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of UNESCO held in Jeju Island, Republic of Korea, the multinational nomination for the Element Martenitsa/Martinka/Mărţişor is inscribed in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The nomination includes practices in Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova and the Republic of Macedonia.


Cultural practices associated to the 1st of March

BulgariaThe former Yugoslav Republic of MacedoniaRepublic of Moldova and Romania

Inscribed in 2017 (12.COM) on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity


Cultural Practices Associated to the 1st of March comprise traditions transmitted since ancient times to celebrate the beginning of spring. The main practice consists of making, offering and wearing a red and white thread, which is then untied when the first blossom tree, swallow or stork is seen. A few other local practices also form part of a larger spring celebration, such as purification actions in Moldova. The artefact is considered to provide symbolic protection against perils such as capricious weather, with the practice ensuring a safe passage from winter to spring for individuals, groups and communities. All members of the communities concerned participate, irrespective of their age, and the practice contributes to social cohesion, intergenerational exchange and interaction with nature, fostering diversity and creativity. Informal education is the most frequent means of transmission: in rural areas, young girls are taught how to make the thread by older women, while in urban areas apprentices learn from teachers, craftspeople and through informal education. Another occasion for transmission is provided by Martenitsa/Martinka/Mărţişor workshops organized by ethnographic museums. The communities concerned are actively involved in efforts to inventory, research, document and promote the element, and numerous cultural projects geared at its safeguarding are underway.



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