New Year fireworks are officially Dutch cultural heritage

Colorful fireworksNew Year fireworks, the Indonesian rijstaffel and the Ouwe Sunderklaas festivities on the island of Texel are among the latest traditions to be added to the official Dutch cultural heritage list.

The inclusion of fireworks is noteworthy because more local authorities are now bringing in firework-free zones and there are growing calls for a ban on sales to consumers.

Every year dozens of people are seriously injured and millions of euros worth of damage caused in the fireworks frenzy.

Last month the Dutch arts and culture council recommended the profession of being a miller should be included on the Unesco cultural heritage list.

This is the first time the Netherlands has nominated a Dutch tradition for inclusion in the list of social practices, rituals, festive events and skills which Unesco considers worth preserving.

There are now more than 90 traditions, events and practices included on the Netherlands own list.

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