Ukrainian borshch soup culture added to UNESCO heritage list

by | Jul 1, 2022 | World

Kyiv hails the move, saying Ukraine has won the ‘borshch war’, while a Russian official slams ‘xenophobia’.The United Nations cultural agency (UNESCO) has inscribed the culture of cooking borshch soup in Ukraine on its list of endangered cultural heritage.
UNESCO made the announcement on Friday, saying the decision was made by a committee in a fast-tracked process – “as a matter of extreme urgency” – prompted by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the “negative impact on this tradition” caused by the war.
On Twitter, the agency said the process of cooking borshch soup has been “threatened by the fragmentation of communities due to war but is a symbol of hope for them”.
Ukraine considers borshch – a thick nourishing soup usually made with beetroot – as a national dish. The soup is also widely consumed in Russia and other Eastern European countries where it is known as borscht.
Kyiv hailed the move, with Ukraine’s culture minister Oleksandr Tkachenko saying on Telegram that “victory in the borshch war is ours”.
Ukraine “will win both in the war of borshch and in this war”, he said.
The addition of practices and cultures to the UNESCO list aims at mobilising attention to ensure they are preserved despite risks to their existence.

This is the first time since the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage was adopted in 2003 that an eleme …

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