Germany’s Culture and Traditions Receive UNESCO Protection

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

If your reading this, it is probably safe to assume you have some interest in the German culture and feel that there is an importance in preserving those great traditions for future generations. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) apparently feels the same way. This past Wednesday, it was announced in Berlin that Germany will be the latest entry into the Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Culture Heritage.

Since 2003, UNESCO recognizes the importance of protecting the culture of a country’s “oral traditions, performing arts, social practices, rituals, festive events, knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe or the knowledge and skills to produce traditional crafts”.  It is obvious that Germany has a vast background in those areas and there is no doubt that they deserve this recognition and protection.

Bernd Neumann, the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, stated that “considering the increasing influence of globalization, we have a fundamental interest to preserve the cultivated knowledge and customs that have been passed down through the generations and which make up an important part of our cultural diversity and identity.”

German Pulse recognizes the importance of the traditional German culture, and although we focus on highlight the Germany of today, we make a great effort in providing a large amount of the more traditional aspects as well.  The world would be a vastly different without the contributions Germany has made over hundreds of years.


Photo by ronnie44052 via flickr

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Stephen Fuchs
Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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