The Government of Peru wants the traditional Peruvian cuisine to be declared intangible cultural heritage of humanity.
During the signing of an agreement for the international promotion of Peruvian cuisine, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Néstor Popolizio, revealed that it is one of the goals of the Executive’s face to 2021, year of the bicentenary of the independence of Peru.
«We believe that this work, with a view to 2021, will make every effort to have a recognition that will emphasize the importance of the kitchen for the identity and the Peruvian diversity,» said Popolizio.
The Minister said that since 2006 the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has an official relationship of Peruvian restaurants abroad that began with 1,793 establishments and has now reported 2,018.
«I do not doubt that the figure exceeds the 5,000 in the world, that increase testifies to the work we do all that cooking follow positioning in the world», said.
The only two countries that have recognized its traditional gastronomy as intangible heritage of humanity so far are France and Mexico since 2010; while Cyprus, Croatia, Spain, Greece, Italy, Morocco and Portugal share the Mediterranean diet.
Peru has nine festivities and traditions included on the list of intangible cultural heritage of humanity, including the pilgrimage to the sanctuary of the Lord of Qoyllurit’i ‘ i, in Cusco, which is the most crowded procession of the country, in a syncretic party of elements of Andean and Catholic religion.
Also recognized is the feast of the Virgin of Candelaria and the textile art of the island of Taquile, both on the shores of Lake Titicaca; the scissors dance and the dances huaconada and wititi, as well as the Customs and traditions of the annual renewal of the Q bridge ‘ eswachaka, made with dry straw over a river of the Andes.
Likewise, intangible heritage of the humanity the traditional system of water of Corongo and the Eshuva judges, are a set of prayers sung by the Amazonian huachipaeri language harakmbut indigenous people.