UN lists Kraków Nativity Scene cribs as cultural treasure
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The UN has added traditional Polish Nativity Scene cribs to its list of international cultural treasures, alongside reggae music.
Kraków Nativity Scene cribs. Photo: PAP/Jacek Bednarczyk
Colourful cribs have been produced in the historic southern Polish city of Kraków for generations and draw on the local architecture for inspiration.
They have been entered onto the representative list of the intangible cultural heritage of humanity.
“The Nativity Scene (szopka) tradition in Kraków is a social practice originating from Christmas celebration customs, centred around constructing cribs,” said UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation.
“Born in the nineteenth century, the tradition is indissolubly connected to the City of Kraków and based on skills and knowledge passed down for generations,” it added.
UNESCO is a specialised agency of the United Nations.