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"Silent Night! - the Christmas carol" on the national list of UNESCO intangible cultural heritage

President Neureiter:
"We want to convey the carol, ist origins and ist message into the hearts and minds of the national population and visitors from all over the world!"

At the presentation of the UNESCO charter in St. Wolfgang, Michael Neureiter, president of the Silent Night Society pointed out - "We consider the acceptance of "Silent Night, Holy Night" by the UNESCO cultural heritage list as acknowledgement and incentive: It endorses our trail in research, negotiation and integration, and is an incentive for the future, when the origin of the carol in Mariapfarr in 1816 , the composition of the carol in Arnsdorf in 1818 and the Christmas Mass in Oberndorf, where the carol was perfomed for the first time in 1818 will all be 200 years old! The Silent Night resorts and the Silent Night Society will bear in mind and actively remember these occasions!"

The Society could thereby summarise ist aims: "We want to convey the carol, ist origins and ist message into the hearts and minds of the national population and visitors from all over the world!" The carol has long since become a fixed part of festivals and celebrations and is considered world-wide as " The Carol of Peace", sung in more than 300 languages and dialects.: "We believe the carol has an inter-confessional message and, outside of the christian church, an inter-religious message!"

"The commendation of the UNESCO national agency marks the start of many years of intensive and active retrospection of the carol?s origin and ist humanitarian and peace-related message", Neureiter added.

More information here immaterielleskulturerbe.unesco.at/en/.


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