Guwahati: The UNESCO on Wednesday accorded heritage status to Kolkata’s Durga Puja festival, bringing glory to the country.
“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’.
Every year, UNESCO adds cultural traditions and arts from around the world to its Intangible Cultural Heritage list. The decision to give Durga puja in Kolkata heritage status was taken on Wednesday during the UNESCO’s intergovernmental committee meeting in Paris.
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.
Durga Puja is an annual festival celebrated in September or October, especially in West Bengal. The 10-day festival marks the homecoming of the Hindu goddess Durga and her four children – Lakshmi, Saraswati, Ganesha and Kartikeya.