01/08/2013 - 31/01/2014
Sri Lanka

The project supported the organization of a practical field survey and inventorying of ICH in pilot communities, during which five teams of provincial cultural officers conducted cultural mapping of ICH elements in two districts. The teams used questionnaires using the methodologies developed during the inventorying workshop. The Ministry also arranged for the preparation of mock nomination files on five elements that would be discussed and evaluated during the next workshop on the elaboration of nomination files to the ICH Lists. The five elements were: (i) customs and rituals of Sinhalese puberty rites ; (ii) traditional therapeutic veniculture and cauterization techniques ; (iii) national Sinhalese New Year tradition ; (iv) procession of the Sacred Tooth in Kandy ; and (v) traditional puppetry.