Turkey on Friday filed an application for the inclusion of four of its cultural values to UNESCO's intangible cultural heritage list.
The Ministry of Culture and Tourism said in a statement that the application concerned three multi-national values: tea culture as identity, hospitality, and a symbol of social interaction; Mey/Balaban reed craftsmanship and playing; and the tradition of Nasreddin Hodja jokes.
It also applied for ''husn-i hat'' calligraphy to be added to the UNESCO heritage list as a national cultural value.
The statement said cultural studies would steadily continue to increase the visibility of national and international values.
With a total of 18 items on the UNESCO list, Turkey is among the top five countries with the highest number of registered items.
Initiated in 2011, the Intangible Culture Heritage is a UNESCO initiative aimed at recognizing and preserving various cultures and practices.
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