What better way to wrap up 2020 than to celebrate with food? After two years of hard work, Singapore hawker culture has finally been inscribed on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list. The news was announced at the 15th Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Culture Heritage held in Paris on 16 Dec 2020.
This notable achievement means Singapore now has its first item on the intangible cultural heritage list, joining the likes of yoga in India, Belgian beer, French cuisine and Thai massage.
Minister for Community Culture and Youth (MCCY), Mr Edwin Tong, thanked Singaporeans for their overwhelming support and commented, “Singapore’s hawker culture is a source of pride for Singapore and all Singaporeans. It reflects our living heritage and multiculturalism”.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong also lauded the remarkable achievement on Facebook and captioned, “The biggest thanks must go to the generations of hawkers for nourishing a nation’s stomach and spirits. This recognition would not have come without their sweat, toil and dedication to their profession.”