Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Mexican Food As A UNESCO World Heritage Site?

UNESCO World Heritage Center - which protects and preserves places of cultural, historical, and natural importance - has designated more sites in Mexico (29 of them!) than in any other country in the Americas, including the Historic Center of Mexico City, Chichen-Itza, and the Whale Sanctuary of Vizcaino on the Baja California Peninsula.

Now, the Mexican government is asking UNESCO to recognize its cuisine on its list of "intangible cultural patrimony". Traditional Mexican food, dating back 3,000 years to the Maya civilization, is being argued by some to be just as important to the country's culture as physical landmarks. The U.N. will decide in April or May if UNESCO will accept this proposal.


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