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Hawker Culture in Singapore included in UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

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Hawker Culture in Singapore included in UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-I – Culture & GS-II – International relations

In news

  • Hawker Culture in Singapore has been inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity at the 15th session of the Intergovernmental Committee (IGC) that was held online.

Important value additions 

Hawker Culture in Singapore

  • It is a living heritage shared by those who prepare hawker food and those who dine and mingle over hawker food in community dining spaces called hawker centres.
  • It reflects Singapore’s multicultural identity as a people and nation, and resonates strongly with Singaporeans across all races and social strata.

UNESCO’s List of Intangible Cultural Heritage

  • This list is made up of those intangible heritage elements that help demonstrate diversity of cultural heritage and raise awareness about its importance.
  • Established in: 2008 when the Convention for Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage came into effect.
  • Intangible Cultural Heritage of India, recognized by UNESCO: 

  • The Ministry of Culture has also launched the draft National List of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) of India

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