World Heritage Day is not just a day to cherish the beautiful monuments around us. The day which is celebrated every year on April 18 is a collective effort of the communities in the world to do the needful for these invaluable assets. The day takes an opportunity to hoist awareness about the assortment of cultural legacy and the efforts that are required to protect and conserve them and also to think about its susceptibility.
International Council for Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) organized a symposium in Tunisia on 18 April 1982 and it was suggested that a special day is to be celebrated all through the world in the name of "International Day for Monuments and Sites" on the same day every year.
The idea was also approved in UNESCO’s General Conference in November 1983. “International Monuments and Sites Day” has been traditionally called the World Heritage Day.
You can visit monuments, you can carry out some campaigns to raise awareness to protect them, and you can publish articles, do broadcasts on various media and hold exhibitions among many other things.
The theme for World Heritage Day 2018 is Heritage for Generations. Sharing stories and the transfer of knowledge between generations is a crucial step in cultural development, characterizing the human experience since time immemorial.
“The youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow” – Nelson Mandela
The ICOMOS International Day for Monuments and Sites Day 2018 seeks to celebrate:
Communication across generations of heritage practitioners generates enriching exchanges. Combining the knowledge of experienced practitioners with the energy and dynamism of newer members brings about a more holistic approach to ongoing initiatives.
Our state Rajasthan is one of the most culturally rich places in the world. It has sites that attract people all around the world including UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Rajasthan. Many tourists visit our cities like Jaipur, Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, and Udaipur. The problem is that not all the grand structures are in great shape. Sometimes it’s lax on government’s part while at others, public defaces them.
Today we want to remind everyone that our heritage needs to be protected. This is an important step towards maintaining the beauty of our state and keeping the spirit of Rajasthan alive forever.
As part of the Day’s initiative, the hashtag #heritage4generations will be promoted to encourage individuals and groups to share their experiences with the global ICOMOS community and beyond. Those visiting a monument or attending events may use the hashtag to share why it is special to them and connect with others doing the same.