UNESCO inscribes Haitian soup on the list of cultural heritage | national
PARIS (AP) – The United Nations cultural agency on Thursday inscribed a traditional Haitian soup widely regarded as a symbol of the nation’s independence on its valuable list of intangible cultural heritage.
Joumou soup is “much more than just a dish,” said Audrey Azoulay, Director General of UNESCO. “It tells the story of the heroes and heroines of Haitian independence, their struggle for human rights and their hard-won freedom.
Squash soup became a symbol of things long forbidden to slaves under French rule until Haiti gained independence on January 1, 1804, as the first nation created by insurgent black slaves.
They celebrated their freedom by finally consuming the soup and Haitians traditionally serve it on New Year’s Day to commemorate the anniversary of the liberation from slavery.
UNSECO said its Intangible Cultural Heritage Committee awarded Joumou Soup protection status during its meeting on Thursday.
The list of intangible heritage aims to enhance the visibility of traditions and know-how of communities around the world, ranging from Arabic calligraphy to Italian truffle hunting.
Other honored Caribbean traditions include reggae music from Jamaica, recognized in 2018 for being “a vehicle for social commentary”.
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