Paris | The knowledge, know-how and practices related to the production and consumption of couscous made their entry on Wednesday on the list of Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
Meeting by videoconference, the UNESCO heritage committee, under the chairmanship of Jamaica, approved this file jointly carried by Algeria, Mauritania, Morocco and Tunisia.
These countries had argued that this knowledge and practices, an integral part of their cultural heritage, relate to all the populations of Algeria, Morocco, Mauritania and Tunisia, all genders, all ages, sedentary or nomads, rural or city dwellers, emigrants included, and in all circumstances: everyday and festive dish.
They had highlighted, in addition to its quality of “emblematic dish”, its social dimensions, its very strong symbolism – solidarity, living together, sharing … – but also “universal”, couscous is now appreciated everywhere. in the world.
They had also argued that the couscous tradition involved multiple skills: artisans making the utensils related to couscous, farmers producing cereals, millers transforming them into semolina,
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