The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) listed Damascene Rose on its Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity
UNESCO said that the decision came during the 14th meeting of the International Committee for the protection of intangible cultural heritage currently being held in the Colombian capital Bogota.
The Damascene Rose or Levantine Rose is mostly found in the Eastern Qalamoun town of al-Mrah in Damascus Countryside.
The practices and craftsmanship associated with the Damascene Rose include medical, nutritional and cosmetic uses. The Damascene Rose begins to bloom in May when the picking commences, and the annual festival kicks off.
Village women make rose syrup, jam, and pastries, and apothecaries sell the dried Damascene Rose for its numerous medicinal benefits.
UNESCO established its Lists of Intangible Cultural Heritage” in order to ensure better visibility of the intangible cultural heritage and awareness of its significance and to encourage dialogue which respects cultural diversity, the … proposal of the States Parties concerned, shall establish, keep up to date and publish a Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity”