Iranian folk dances are part of the national heritage

TEHRAN — Three traditional dances each practiced in a certain Iranian province have been inscribed on the national list of intangible cultural heritage.

Newly recorded elements include a folk dance performed in the Western province of Azerbaijan, a “wooden horse dance” performed at weddings in the village of Hosseinabad in the province of Isfahan, as well as a dance special with wooden sticks which is popular in Semnan province, ISNA reported. Wednesday.

Some 2,000 items are currently inscribed on Iran’s national list of intangible cultural heritage, Tourism Minister Ezzatollah Zarghami said.

“So far, about two thousand intangible cultural elements have been registered in the country,” the minister said on March 4.

“Intangible cultural heritage such as culture, religion and rituals are of very great importance as they shape the identity of any nation,” Zarghami said.

In addition, 17 Iranian items have been inscribed on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity List.

Among Iran’s entries to the prestigious list is Radif of Iranian Music; the traditional skills of carpet weaving in Kashan; Music of the Bakhshis of Khorasan; Naqqali, Iranian dramatic storytelling; the traditional skills of building and sailing Iranian Lenj boats in the Persian Gulf; and the traditional crafting and playing skills of Dotar.

In addition, Iran is seeking to inscribe five intangible elements on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity List in the near future. These are ancient festivities of Mehregan and Yalda, making and playing [the stringed instrument of] the Oud, the traditional craft of spinning silk, and the Turkmen Duzi (a kind of traditional textile practiced by the Iranian Turkmen tribes).


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