World Heritage Day
World Heritage Day was created in 1982 by ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments & Sites) and was later officially approved worldwide at the UNESCO General Conference in 1983. The aim of World Heritage Day (International Day for Monuments & Sites) is to promote and support awareness about the diversity of cultural heritage of humanity, their vulnerability and the participation required for their protection and conservation.
World Heritage Day Date- 18 April
18 April is celebrated all around the globe by a several organizations and various ICOMOS National and International Scientific Committees. Events include scientific conferences and exhibitions, press conferences, symposia, excursions, photography competitions, the awarding of prizes, publishing magazine articles, releasing press releases and projecting films, among others.
World Heritage in India
India is the only country that has been ruled by leaders from different backgrounds, religions and cultures, like the Aryans, Guptas, Mughals, Britishers, etc. All of them have left their symbols, in the form of historical monuments and heritage sites that are protected and saved till date. World heritage day has a crucial part to play in this multi-religious land, where you can find huge Mughal tombs sprawling over the land, monuments that are so high that one can feel the sky and spots- so attractive that keeps you fascinated. India has all of it and to maintain these historical sites and keep them alive for our future generations.
Why World Heritage Day is celebrated?
World Heritage Day is celebrated to spread awareness among the people to protect these valuable monuments. On World Heritage Day, awareness campaigns are also organized to educate public about the efforts that are required to protect it. Heritage sites are at risk to several environmental factors and we must do everything in our rights, to protect and conserve these priceless assets.
Every year, there is a different theme selected on this Day. For example, in 2010, the theme of World Heritage Day was “Agricultural Heritage”. The key objective was to reflect the evolution of mankind and its interrelationship with the environment. Agricultural Heritage focused on various agricultural landscapes, systems and practices and how they have designed during the course of human civilization.
The World Heritage Day is also celebrated in different ways. Students from the schools and colleges enthusiastically visit to monuments and historical sites. Restoration works are done and public is often invited to these sites. Extensive media coverage also focuses on historic sites and great monuments. Conferences, Interviews, Discussions and Debates are also organized.
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