World Heritage Week 2019
The World Heritage Week was observed by the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) from 19th November 2019 to Monday 24th November 2019. The objective of the celebration is to make people more aware of the preservation of cultural heritage and monuments.
Quiz and painting competitions were held in several colleges of India in which students and teachers participated with zeal and fervor. Several programs were organized by the Archeological Survey of India and museums, to highlight the importance of historical monuments and their preservation.
In India, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) celebrates UNESCO’s World Heritage Week. In this regard, several awareness camps and participatory events were held by the ASI for school students. Participants were taken on a guided tour of historical monuments and were also sworn in for protecting the monuments and keeping them clean.
Many plans and schedules were prepared to mark the start of the week’s celebration. Gwalior, one of the heritage cities of India celebrated the occasion by organizing various youth festivals and cultural programs. The Archaeological Survey of India organized various competitions for the students to increase their knowledge of the cultural heritage of India. The prize distribution ceremony for the winners of the competition was organized on 25th November.
Many public and private institutions also organized various exhibitions to raise a sense of appreciation and respect for the ancient heritage sites. Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sanghrayalaya (IGRMS) organized a heritage walk in which the staff personnel and visitors participated. The aim of this walk was to spread awareness about the protection and preservation of Indian heritage sites. Many cultural and educational events were also organized on the occasion.
The Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata unveiled a sculpture of Mahatma Gandhi on 19th November which is made up of entirely natural materials like clay, bamboo, straw, etc. The statue is an inspiration of a 1940 photograph of Mahatma Gandhi taken by his grandnephew Kanu Gandhi, in which he is playing with a school going child.
World Heritage Week
World Heritage Week is celebrated all over the world every year from the 19th of November to the 25th of November. Mostly it is celebrated by the students of schools and colleges in order to get people aware of the importance of the cultural heritage and its preservation. Various programs related to the historical structures of India, tour places and cultural and traditional heritage of India are initiated by the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation in order to celebrate the World Heritage Week in the city.
Symbol of Celebrating the World Heritage Week in India
There are many Indian historical heritages and tour places which are the symbol of denoting the real culture and tradition of the ancient people in India. Some of the significant monuments and heritage artifacts of India are Delhi Darwaza, Astodia Gate, Delhi Red Fort, Manek Bruj, Sardar Patel Bhawan heritage building, Teen Darwaza, Bhadra Gate, Siddi Sayyed, Sarnath, Kashi Vishwanath Temple and etc.
These heritages and monuments of India are the ancient property which we must have to preserve and save to inherit the culture and tradition to the next generation. People in India celebrate the World Heritage Week by symbolizing these heritages and monuments as part of the celebration.
How it is Celebrated
Students from the schools and colleges enthusiastically take part in the celebration of World Heritage Week. Around 500 students from municipal schools take part in the guided tour to the Sanskar Kendra and City Museum. At least 80 students take part in the tour weekly. They read different slogans related to the encouragement of the preservation of historical heritages and monuments of the country.
Quiz competition and cultural heritage programs are also conducted for the school children over the historical heritage of Ahmedabad city for the whole week. Some of the events such as seminars, photo exhibitions, and other related competitive programs are also organized by the department of culture and archeology as well as the Archaeological Survey of India.
Purpose of Celebrating the World Heritage Week
The chief purpose of celebrating World Heritage Week is increasing awareness and encourage the people about the preservation and safety of the cultural heritages, monuments of the country. To live the ancient Indian culture and tradition it is very necessary to protect and preserve the variety of priceless cultural heritage and historical monuments.
A great effort has been made by the National Research Laboratory for Conservation, Lucknow to save the original look of the stone structure of the Kashi Vishwanath Temple (one of the 12 Jyotirlingas) in the Varanasi which was built by the Maharani Ahilya Bai Holkar of Indore in the year 1777.
There is a plan by the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission to protect around 2,000 temples of the city.
World Heritage Week Theme
World Heritage Week is celebrated with the main theme of protecting world heritage sites. It helps to spread the awareness of protecting and respecting the ancient heritage of our country. It instills the sense of preservation and safety of the various ancient monuments across the nation.