5th BSEC Month of Culture
1-30 November 2021
Customs and Traditions - Azerbaijan
Nar Bayrami is a traditional festival, which takes place every autumn in Goychay region, also known as ‘’pomegranate paradise’’. Besides pumpkin months (as already discussed), October and November are pomegranate months. Azerbaijan is the only country in the world where all sorts of pomegranate grow and, during the centuries, the fruit has become a symbol of Azerbaijani culture (for example, it can be used as an ingredient for a recipe or it can be cited in poems and myths). Moreover, locals associate it with abundance, long-term productivity and eternity. Consequently, Nar (pomegranate) Bayrami celebrates the traditional uses (a set of practices, knowledge, traditions and skills related to the cultivation) and symbolic meaning of the fruit highlighting the role of local agriculture. In 2020, Azerbaijan’s traditional pomegranate festivity and culture was inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
If you would like to learn more, please open the links: https://ich.unesco.org/en/RL/nar-bayrami-traditional-pomegranate-festivity-and-culture-01511 and https://www.azernews.az/travel/121355.html
You can also watch a relevant video: https://www.unesco.org/archives/multimedia/document-5340
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