Intangible cultural heritage describes living traditions and practices passed on over generations, which give a community a feeling of identity and continuity. These are, for example, music, dance, customs, celebrations or traditional craft techniques. Intangible cultural heritage is extremely diverse, and in contrast to tangible cultural heritage (e.g. the UNESCO World Heritage old town of Bern) it changes constantly.

The “list of living traditions in Switzerland” forms the basis and conditions for the nomination of living traditions for the UNESCO intangible cultural heritage lists. Up to now (november 2020), four living traditions from Switzerland have been accepted into the intangible cultural heritage list.

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