UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage

Mar. 27, 2024

Olive Oil and Soparnik Are Indispensable for Croatians at Easter

Olive trees and extra virgin olive oil play important roles in Croatian Christians' celebrations of Holy Week, especially in the flagship dish, Soparnik.

Dec. 29, 2023

Iconic Lebanese Breakfast Receives UNESCO Recognition

Al-man’ouché, the Lebanese breakfast pastry seasoned with olive oil and traditional spices, has been added to the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list.

Dec. 14, 2023

Traditional Turkish Olive Cultivation Practices Recognized by UNESCO

The U.N. agency said Turkey’s traditional grafting, milling and table olive production methods are valuable to our global culture and must be safeguarded.

Aug. 7, 2023

Olive Oil Production Returns to Pompeii 2,000 Years After Volcanic Eruption

Ministers and farming organizations tasted local extra virgin olive oil and table olives while promoting a UNESCO nomination for Italian cuisines.

Jul. 10, 2023

Yusuf Can Zeybek Triumphant at Kırkpınar

The first-time Kırkpınar winner overcame two-time champion İsmail Balaban to win the title of head wrestler at the world’s oldest sporting event.

Jul. 5, 2022

Cengizhan Şimşek Claims Başpehlivan Title at 661st Kırkpınar

Twenty-six-year-old Cengizhan Şimşek defeated several former champions en route to his victory at the 661st edition of the world’s oldest sporting event.

Jun. 23, 2014

Fatih Atli Wins 653rd Kirkpinar

This year's wrestling tournament in Turkey required over 100 barrels of olive oil to coat the contestants.

Nov. 20, 2010

Mediterranean Diet Makes UNESCO's Intangible Heritage List

The UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee inscribed 51 new elements on UNESCO’s Lists of Intangible Heritage including the Mediterranean Diet.

Sep. 2, 2010

On Nutella, Olive Oil and Obesity

The recent Nutella affair provoked scandal and outrage in Italy, while the UNESCO decision enshrining olive oil was met with understated pride. What's going on here?

Aug. 23, 2010

UNESCO 'Cultural Heritage List' to Include Mediterranean Diet

The Intangible Cultural List was started in 2003 and now comprises some 166 entries, including Croatian Lace Making, Argentinean Tango and Tibetan Opera.