UNESCO Inscribes Fitche-Chambalala as World Intangible Cultural Heritage on its list (+Video)
Awramba Times (Addis Ababa) – Fiche-Chambalala, the traditional New Year commencement of the Sidama People, was inscribed on UNESCO’s World Intangible Cultural Heritage list.
Last July, participants of the Fiche-Chambalala festival whom Awramba Times spoke to had appealed to UNESCO to inscribe their spectacular festival on its representative list of the intangible cultural heritage of humanity
Desse Dalke, President of the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples’ Regional State on the occasion said works were being done for Fiche-Chambalala to be registered on UNESCO’s list.
According to Awramba Times sources close to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the nomination proposal submitted by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and the Authority for Research and Conservation of Cultural Heritage has been accepted by the majority of UNESCO member states, in the presence of more than 1070 delegates from 138 countries during the 10th annual session of the Intergovernmental Committee which took place in Windhoek, Namibia, from 30 November to 4 December 2015.
The colorful festival annually celebrated in the first week of July at Hawassa, the capital of the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples’ State.