Uzbek traditional meal 'palov' joins UNESCO heritage list


Uzbek plov

Uzbekistan's "palov" were inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity of UNESCO.

Last week in Addis Ababa at the meeting of the UNESCO Committee for Protection of Intangible Cultural Heritage the Turkic peoples requests among other applications were considered and approved.

On traditions and culture of plov making, representatives of the organization note that it is a dish made of rice, meat, spices and vegetables, served during daily meal times as well as special events such as charity to the poor and on remembrance days. This tradition is an essential part of the Uzbek culture, kept in the family and passed from older generation to the younger, in communication with the peers thus strengthening social ties.

Uzbek plov

As for Navruz, another cultural heritage, was initiated by a group of countries consisting of Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, India, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Turkey and Uzbekistan for including in the representative list of UNESCO. The fest is celebrated on 21 March and signifies the beginning of a new year. Special dishes are cooked for Navruz, outdoor merrymaking and performances are organized, different rituals are held.

Uzbek plov

It is to remind that UNESCO Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage adds well-known cultural and natural values that need to be guarded and preserved. There are currently 366 elements in the list.