A Turkish meat dish known as Keşkek, or Kashkak, has officially entered UNESCO’s Intangible Heritage List. The food joins more than 200 practices from around the world which already enjoy the U.N. seal of approval.
Keşkek combines meat or chicken with wheat or barley stew and is found in Iranian and Turkish cuisine. It is traditionally served as part of a wedding breakfast for Anatolia in Turkey, as well as wedding celebrations and religious holidays.
The list has been updated every year since 2009 and comprises “intangible heritage practices and expressions that help demonstrate the diversity of heritage and raise awareness about its importance,” UNESCO said on its website.
Following days of deliberation on Indonesia’s Bali Island, envoys added 19 new traditional practices to the prestige list. These included South Korea’s ramie-weaving technique and French horse-riding, which is credited with building “harmonious relations between humans and horses.” Tsiattista poetic dueling from Cyprus, featuring impromptu oral poetry performed with the accompaniment of violin or lute, as well as Croatia’s Nijemo Koloa – a “silent” dance of energetic, spontaneous steps performed without music – were other new entries.
The body recognized Mariachi music for delivering “values of respect for the natural heritage” of Mexico, while the spread of Fado songs through emigration reinforced “its image as a symbol of Portuguese identity.”
The list aims to boost the profile of “intangible cultural heritage” and to foster a wider respect for cultural diversity, the UNESCO website said.