Among the many ways of getting to know a place, local traditions are one of the most authentic and exciting ones. It is also the perfect opportunity to connect with our inner self. Traditions are part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, which, according to UNESCO, becomes “a living form of heritage which is continuously recreated and which evolves as we adapt our practices and traditions in response to our environment”. An intangible that identifies us and creates a link between our past and future through the present. Today, from the Logitravel Blog we bring you some of the latest traditions recognized by UNESCO to make your next trip a more authentic experience. Take this chance to connect with the most amazing traditions in the world!
Reggae is unique to Jamaicans and their enthusiasm for this musical style has taken it all around the world. It originated in the city of Kingston and arose from the marginal groups of the west of the city. There, the less represented crowds dealing with such transcendental topics as justice, love and the human condition found a way to express themselves. If you plan to visit Jamaica you can check out the dates of the “Reggae Sumfest” and “Reggae Salute” festivals. In addition, in Kingston you can visit the Bob Marley Museum and the Peter Tosh Museum. As an intangible, you can take Reggae music with you wherever you go.
Originating in Thailand, Khon is a scenic art made up of different cultural expressions: music, dance, literature, rituals and crafts. The performers, wearing traditional costumes and sometimes adding masks, recreate glorious episodes of the heroic Rama’s epic poem. More specifically, it is a representation of the Vishnu god who brought justice and order to the world. At present, Khon is open to all public and is transmitted mainly in educational centres. Attending a Khon show during your visit to Thailand will be a great way to learn more about Thai culture.
THE ART OF ELABORATING PERFUMES (FRANCE)
In the region of Grasse you will find the paradise of perfumery. Its colourful landscapes and its population host a very special tradition and know-how on the elaboration of perfumes. It has such magnitude that it has been declared Intangible Cultural Heritage. This practice goes from the cultivation of plants for perfumery to the art of actually creating them, through the knowledge and transformation of natural scents. Professional and fully immersed experts have taken over this ancestral tradition and live surrounded by spectacular landscapes and close to the coast. Grasse will give you the opportunity to learn more about mother earth while training your nose. An experience that very few people will be able to enjoy.
The hurling or camogie, male and female variants respectively, is a court sport in which two teams of fifteen players face each other. It is of great importance in Irish mythology. Firstly, each player carries a wooden cane or hurley and his objective is to introduce the ball or sliotar in the opposite goal. It also promotes health, social integration and teamwork, and its technique is transmitted and preserved thanks to schools, sports clubs and amateur organisations. A hurling match will be an amazing experience that will mark your visit to Ireland. Who knows, maybe you end up becoming a hurler or a camog!
These are just some of the traditions listed as Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. They are also treasures that keep our identity generation after generation and whose transmission makes them have a life of their own. What can be better than to travel and cultivate our mind through the intangibles. See you in your next adventure!