World Heritage Day aims to raises awareness about the importance of preserving cultural heritage, highlighting the need to protect sites of historical significance. Recognizing the role that international cooperation plays in preserving world heritage, this day highlights the unique diversity of cultural expressions, showcasing the values and traditions that enrich the world's civilizations.
The day finds its roots in the adoption of the International Monuments and Sites Day by the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) on 18 April 1982, with UNESCO's endorsement following in 1983. Several iconic landmarks grace India's landscapes, including the iconic Taj Mahal, the majestic forts of Rajasthan, and the ancient temples of Hampi; all of these sites contribute to India's position as a distinct and vibrant civilization.
On World Heritage Day, various events are organized across India to encourage the country's inhabitants to appreciate these incredible locations, engage in informed discussions about preservation efforts, and immerse themselves in their heritage. Educational programs, cultural performances, guided tours, and expert talks facilitate a deeper understanding of India's vast and varied historical treasures. World Heritage Day is observed on the 18th of April each year across the globe.
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