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Preserving Singapore’s hawker culture

Hawker food is said to be an integral part of Singaporean life with the different types of food on offer serving as a reflection of the country’s multicultural society.

Preserving Singapore’s hawker culture
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During the recent National Day Rally in Singapore, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong spoke of the country’s plan to nominate hawker culture for Unesco’s Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Let’s break down what that means:

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What is the URLICHH?
What is the URLICHH?
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Just what is the Unesco Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity?

While the name may be a mouthful, simply put, it’s a list of important cultural practices and heritages from around the world that need to be preserved or safeguarded.

These can include oral traditions, rituals, performing arts or traditional craftsmanship, among others.
 
The list was started in 2008 and currently has about 400 elements, covering such diverse practices as the traditional art of Jamdani weaving in Bangladesh to the scissors dance of Peru.
 



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