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Congratulations India" Kolkata's Durga Puja gets UNESCO Heritage tag


KOLKATA, 15 DEC. The UNESCO on Wednesday accorded heritage status to Kolkata's Durga Puja festival, bringing glory to the country, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee lauding the move.

"Durga puja in Kolkata has just been inscribed on the intangible heritage list. Congratulations India," the organisation said in a tweet attaching a photo of the goddess with hashtag 'living heritage'.

PM Modi has hailed UNESCO's decision as a "matter of great pride and joy for every Indian". "Durga Puja highlights the best of our traditions and ethos. And, Kolkata's Durga Puja is an experience everyone must have," said the Prime Minister.

The Chief Minister underlined that Durga Puja was not just a festival, but an emotion.

"Proud moment for Bengal! To every #Bengali across the world, Durga Puja is much more than a festival, it is an emotion that unites everyone. And now, #DurgaPuja has been added to the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. We are all beaming with joy!" she tweeted.

The Ministry of Culture, too, took to the microblogging platform to extend its wishes to the residents of the city on this achievement. "The 16th Committee of UNESCO for safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) in its meeting held on 15th December 2021 in Paris has inscribed Durga Puja in Kolkata on the representative list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity," it said. The department also noted that this was the "first festival in Asia" to get such recognition



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