Since 22.10.2014, the Processions of Holy Week in Mendrisio have been on the official list of candidates for recognition as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage, as officially announced by the Federal Council, which has approved an indicative list of eight Swiss traditions.
These will then be proposed to the UNESCO commission for inclusion in the representative list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in Switzerland.
The system for evaluating the individual dossiers of the eight official candidates will now have to follow the procedure that provides for the submission of an annual application for the attention of UNESCO experts.
The details of the order in which the candidates are to be presented are not yet available.
The inclusion by the federal authorities of the Easter event of Mendrisio, strongly linked to the tradition of the people of Mendrisio and the region, clearly boosts the pride of the Historical Processions Foundation, which has always been involved, with the competent municipal and cantonal offices, in the evaluation procedure.
The Historical Processions Foundation hopes that the many efforts made by many people to organise these events will be rewarded with such a prestigious international award. It would also like to underline that the specific peculiarity of the presence of Transparency is in fact the element that distinguishes these parades from the countless that take place all over the world on the occasion of Easter.