Palov culture and tradition inscribed on UNESCO's List of Intangible Cultural Heritage

02 Dec 2016

PlovThe Uzbek palov culture and tradition have been inscribed by UNESCO on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Since 2008 – when Uzbekistan’s Permanent Delegation to UNESCO started its work – the following elements of Uzbekistan’s cultural heritage have been inscribed on the List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity: The Cultural space of Boysun, the Katta Ashula traditional song genre, the classical music tradition of Shahmaqom, the Navruz festival, the Uzbek verbal folk art of Askiya.

“Our office is currently working on many new projects and we are very happy that the traditions relate to the Uzbek signature dish have now been inscribed on the UNESCO’s list,” said Uzbekistan’s ambassador to UNESCO Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva.

Palov is a traditional dish made and shared throughout rural and urban communities of Uzbekistan. It is prepared with ingredients such as rice, meat, onions, carrots and spices.

plov1There is a saying in Uzbekistan that guests can only leave their host’s house after palov has been offered. In addition to be enjoyed as a regular meal, it is served as a gesture of hospitality, to celebrate special occasions like weddings, to help those in need, or to honour loved ones who have passed away. It is a dish that is cooked by men and women regardless of age or social status. Knowledge and skills associated with the practice are handed down from older to younger generations formally and informally using a master-apprentice model or by demonstration and participation within families, peer groups, community-based establishments, religious organizations and vocational educational institutions. The making and sharing of the traditional dish acts to strengthen social ties, promote values including solidarity and unity and assist in the continuity of local traditions that form a part of the community’s cultural identity.