Cultural festivals like Ashenda, Fitche Chambalala and the Oromo Gada system have own culturally inherited values to the society

By Tewodros Kassa (The Ethiopian Herald) |

The Authority for Research and Conservation of Cultural Heritage (ARCCH) yesterday launched five books revolving around the intangible cultural heritages in the country.

Authority Intangible Cultural Heritages Registration Senior Expert Gezahegn Girma said that the Authority is doing its level best to preserve intangible cultural heritages through studying, registering and finally publicizing them to the public.

The expert said that collecting data and documenting the cultural ceremonies has indispensable role in promoting the heritage and utilizing them for tourism.

Cultural festivals like Ashenda, Fitche Chambalala and the Oromo Gada system have own culturally inherited values to the society, he added.

Gezahegn Girma also announced said that Ethiopia will host an international conference on intangible cultural heritage next November that will be chaired by Authority Director General Yonas Desta.

The conference primary agenda is to register nominated world intangible cultural heritages and Ethiopia would present the Oromo Gada system for registration at the conference, he said.

According to him, the 11th Session of the World Intangible Cultural Heritages Conservation Intergovernmental Committee will select and approve the nominated intangible cultural heritages.

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Presenting a study on Ashenda cultural festival, Authority Intangible Cultural Heritage Inventory Senior Expert Kelemua Mekonnen emphasized that the youth is affected with globalization and losing own cultural assets. Thus, to motivate the youth and the next generation be proud of own culture and protect traditional assets further survey and study need to be done, she added.

According to her, the Ashenda is the manifestation of the society and plays its due role in strengthening the societal ties and mutual cooperation. She recommends strengthening study and research on the values of cultural heritages.

The newly launched books include Ethiopian Fine Arts Heritage, A Catalogue on Ethiopian Archaeological and Paleontological Sites Volume I-Afar and Maskal, Fitche Chambalala and Gada system Festivals Celebration Registration by UNESCO and Its Significance.

Source: The Ethiopian Herald
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