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Kimchi and Arabic coffee in latest Unesco cultural list
December 3, 2015, 1:41 pm

The traditions of making North Korean kimchi and Arabic coffee are among 20 practices newly recognised by Unesco, the UN's cultural agency. Other customs that made the cut include classical horsemanship in Austria, folk dances in Peru and Romania and a Namibian fruit festival. Unesco announced the new additions to its Intangible Cultural Heritage list on Wednesday. North Korean kimchi joins its southern counterpart which is already on the list. Unesco paid tribute to the practice of making of the pickled cabbage dish, saying that it contributes to social cohesion.

Making and serving coffee in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Oman and Qatar is meanwhile considered "a ceremonial act of generosity".

Saudi Muslim men drink Arabic coffee as they celebrate the first day of Eid al-Fitr at in Tabuk, some 1,500 kilometres northwest of the Saudi capital Riyadh near the border with Jordan, on 17 July 2015

The traditions of the classical horsemanship at the Spanish Riding School Vienna ensure communities in the school have a "strong sense of identity".

Presentation of the Spanish Riding School Lippizaner Horses at the gala event 450 years Spanische Hofreitschule on 26 June 2015 in Vienna, Austria

Marble craftsmanship practised on the Greek island of Tinos was recognised as part of the island's cultural identity which draws from "a shared symbolic system of religious, magical and oral traditions".

Spyros Haralambopoulos, 20, son of a shepherd of the northeast of the Peloponnese cuts a magnificent goat in a white marble 27 May 2005 at the school of marble sculptors on Tinos island, a unique institution in Greece which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year

The ornamental painting technique known as filete porteno from Buenos Aires, ubiquitous in Argentina, was also recognised.

An artist paints a sign in fileteado style -stylized lineslowers and plI

Also recognised is the Oshituthi shomangongo, a festival in Namibia where communities gather to drink a beverage made from the marula fruit.

Shangane women crash Marula fruits on 26 February 2010 turning the juice into the traditional beer during the annual Marula festival held in Polokwane, Limpopo province, South Africa


Others on the list include the epic art of Gorogly in Turkemenistan, which is a tradition of oral performance describing the achievements of the hero Gorogly; and the tugging rituals in rice-farming cultures in Cambodia, Philippines, South Korea and Vietnam.



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