Protecting Candlemas as intangible cultural heritage?

Ancient traditions and customs are increasingly neglected. They require protection as intangible cultural heritage. On Candlemas Day, our MP André Bauler asked some questions to the Minister of Culture.

„Haut ass Liichtmëssdag. All Joer um 2. Februar ginn d’Kanner zu Lëtzebuerg mat hire Liichtebengelcher duerch d’Stroossen a gi vun Haus zu Haus bei d’Leit. D‘Kanner sangen de „Léiwer Herrgottsblieschen“ an erwaarde sech dofir Schneekereien.

Mat Bedauere stellen ech fest, datt dës flott Traditioun an de leschte Joren ëmmer méi an de Vergiess geroden ass. D’Kannergruppe ginn ëmmer méi kleng an aus verschiddenen Uertschaften héiert een, dass d’Kanner guer net méi liichte ginn.

Zanter 2010 steet d’Iechternacher Sprangprëssessioun op der Lëscht vum immaterielle Weltkulturierwe vun der UNESCO. 2020 ass z.B. d’Spille vum franséische Juegdhar op d’Lëscht dobäikomm –  fir Frankräich, d‘Belsch, Italien an och fir Lëtzebuerg.  

An deem Kader géif ech der Madamm Kulturminister gäre folgend Froe stellen:

  • Ass d’Madamm Minister sech bewosst, datt Liichtmëssdag an änlech Traditioune riskéieren ze verschwannen?
  • Gesäit d’Madamm Minister en Notzen doranner, de Liichtmëssdag oder änlech Bräich an Traditioune schützen ze loossen? Wat sinn d’Argumenter vun der Madamm Minister?
  • Wier et eventuell méiglech, eng Demande ze maachen, datt Liichtmëssdag – esou wéi d’Iechternacher Sprangprëssessioun – op d’Lëscht vum immaterielle Weltkulturierwe vun der UNESCO opgeholl gëtt?
  • Wa jo, wat wier d’Prozedur fir dee Brauch esou schützen ze loossen?
  • Wier d’Ministesch bereet, esou eng Prozedur an d’Weeër ze leeden?
  • Wat fir aner Traditiounen a Bräich huet d’Ministesch wëlles schützen ze loossen?“

Answer

In her response, the Minister expressed concern about the possible disappearance of old traditions and customs. However, she also points out that it is specifically for this reason that she has devoted an entire chapter to intangible cultural heritage in the text of the draft law on cultural heritage.

She goes on to explain all the criteria for, on the one hand, inscribing a tradition on the national inventory and, on the other hand, submitting a request to UNESCO for inscription on the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Nevertheless, she is willing to support the communities of the aforementioned traditions in the procedures of application.

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