Addis Ababa (ENA)―The Gada system of Oromo will soon be inscribe in UNESCO’s cultural intangible heritage list, according to the Oromia Culture and Tourism Bureau.

Preparatory works have been finalized to secure inscription of the heritage the coming November.

The Gada system, an indigenous democratic socio-political system of the Oromo, is already in the list of UNESCO files being treated for the 2016 cycle.

The list will be examined by UNESCO’s Committee at its eleventh session in November/December 2016.

The Gada system will join the Fichee-Chambalaalla, New Year festival of the Sidama people and the Commemoration feast of the finding of the True Holy Cross of Christ, which were inscribed in the UNESCO’s “Intangible Cultural Heritage and the Register of Best Safeguarding Practices” list in 2015 and 2013, respectively.

The Oromo People have played immensely in promoting their historical and cultural heritages to the rest of the world, said Getu Wayessa, Head of Oromia Culture and Tourism Bureau.

The head today briefed the local media in connection with the upcoming Irrecha Festival to be staged in the town of Bishoftu in September.

Irrecha Festival which attracts millions of revelers from inside and outside of the country makes the main part of the Gada system.

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The head advised natives of the region to play part in protecting their historical and cultural heritages and enabling the young generation to inherit and preserve the cultural heritages with a sense of ownership.

He emphasized that ensuring peace and stability in tourist attracting sites such as the Irrecha festival is indispensable to lure more tourists from across the world.

Getu also called on the public to celebrate the day keeping in mind a welcoming spirit.

Over three million citizens from around the world are expected to take part in the annual event.

Source: ENA
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