New additions to Greek intangible cultural heritage list

Tobacco fields in Prilep, Macedonia.
Tobacco fields in Prilep, Macedonia. Image: MKD Wikimedia CC BY SA 4.0

Greece’s Ministry of Culture recently announced that 16 new elements incorporated into Greece’s National Directory of Intangible Cultural Heritage reflect aspects of Greek popular expression and creativity, in fine arts, traditonal sustainable agriculture.

The National Directory of Cultural Heritage includes oral traditions, performing arts, social practices, rituals, events, knowledge, and practices concerning nature and traditional crafts. With the recognition of 16 additional elements, Greece currently has a total of 55 entries within the directory itself, further expanding the scope of cultural heritage and practices. The new elements are:

  1. The Genitsaroi and Boules tradition of Naoussa.
  2. The popular guitar used in the “Laiko” music genre.
  3. Elefsina’s Mesosporitissa ritual.
  4. The traditional water management practices of Lassithi, Crete.
  5. Englouvi’s Lentils, Lefkada.
  6. Lefkada’s “porsnaiko” knife.
  7. The Argoustaria tradition of Kastoria.
  8. The open-air festival of Agia Agathi, Aitoliko.
  9. The cheese-making tradition of Limnos (melihloro/melipasto).
  10. The “stafnokari” fishing tradition of Aitoliko.
  11. The Nea Aghialos vine cultivation.
  12. The Kykles dance of the Ioannina region.
  13. The cultivation and processing of tobacco in Macedonia and Thrace.
  14. The Olympos feast, Karpathos.
  15. The Ai Giorgis ritual of Ano Doliana, Arcadia.
  16. The artistic pottery tradition of the Kourtzis family on Lesvos

Sourced from Greek Reporter.

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