“Culture of cooking Ukrainian borscht” is included in the list of intangible cultural heritage of UNESCO. This decision was made at an extraordinary meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee of the organization, informs Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine.
The Office applied to the organization with a request to transfer the filed nomination to the UNESCO Urgent Protection List.
“Borscht is an element of social integration and cohesion that serves to unite the people of Ukraine, regardless of age, gender or origin. In this sense, the element demonstrates the important role of intangible cultural heritage during armed conflicts and emergencies,” the ministry said in a statement.
Minister of Culture of Ukraine Oleksandr Tkachenko in his social networks wrotethat “the battle for borscht began before the war.”
“We will be happy to share borscht and its recipes with all civilized countries. And with uncivilized people too, so that they have at least something bright, tasty and Ukrainian,” he added.
The National List of Elements of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Ukraine is maintained in pursuance of Article 12 of the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, which Ukraine ratified in 2008. There are currently 26 items on the list.