World Bulletin / News Desk
Mesir Paste Festival was included in UNESCO's Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
UNESCO's Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, located in Paris, voted 'yes' for the Mesir Paste Festival to be listed on the "Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity" with unanimity.
Together with "Mesir Paste Festival", the number of heritages in Turkey, which were recorded in the list, has increased to ten.
Mesir paste (Mesir Macunu in Turkish) tradition is a very old tradition in the history of Turkish western Manisa city, dating back to almost 500 years. Mesir paste was started as a medicine during the Ottoman period but later on it became an important part of local festivity in this city. 41 different types of plants and spices are mixed to prepare the paste.
Every year on or around March 21st, thousands of people gather in front of the Sultan Mosque to catch the Mesir Paste wrapped in paper and thrown from mosque's rooftop. In 2012, the 472nd edition of Mesir Paste Festival was held.
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