Estonian culture minister Rein Lang signed on Wednesday an application to submit the smoke sauna customs of the South East Estonian Võrumaa region to the UNESCO representative list of the intangible cultural heritage of humanity, LETA/Postimees Online reports.
The aim of the list is to introduce the knowledge, skills, customs and traditions that go from generation to generation and that communities consider important nowadays and take care to make sure they last.
The decision on including the smoke sauna customs and traditions in the list will be decided at the end of 2014.
Compiling the application was led by the Võrumaa region's voluntary smoke sauna cooperation assembly that worked for three years together with local people, universities, local municipalities and the state to compile the application.
Currently there are 257 cultural phenomena in the UNESCO representative list of the intangible cultural heritage of humanity, of which three from Estonia: the Kihnu cultural space, the Baltic song and dance celebrations (together with Latvia and Lithuania) and Seto Leelo, the Seto polyphonic singing tradition.