Kimchi and Arabic coffee in latest Unesco cultural list

Participants take part in a kimchi making event during the Seoul Kimchi Festival outside the city hall in Seoul on 6 November 2015. Image copyright AFP/Getty Images
Image caption Kimchi is a daily staple for families in both Koreas

The traditions of making North Korean kimchi and Arabic coffee are among 20 practices newly recognised by Unesco, the UN's cultural agency.

Other customs that made the cut include classical horsemanship in Austria, folk dances in Peru and Romania and a Namibian fruit festival.

Unesco announced the new additions to its Intangible Cultural Heritage list on Wednesday.

International delegates are meeting in Windhoek in Namibia.

North Korean kimchi joins its southern counterpart which is already on the list. Unesco paid tribute to the practice of making of the pickled cabbage dish, saying that it contributes to social cohesion.

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Media captionThe BBC's Stephen Evans taste tests North and South Korean kimchi

Making and serving coffee in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Oman and Qatar is meanwhile considered "a ceremonial act of generosity".

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Image caption Serving Arabic coffee is an important aspect of hospitality in Arab societies

The traditions of the classical horsemanship at the Spanish Riding School Vienna ensure communities in the school have a "strong sense of identity".

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Image caption The school breeds, keeps, trains and rides Lipizzaner horses

Marble craftsmanship practised on the Greek island of Tinos was recognised as part of the island's cultural identity which draws from "a shared symbolic system of religious, magical and oral traditions".

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Image caption The craftsmen produce works based on traditional motifs, patterns and symbols such as animals, cypress trees and flowers

The ornamental painting technique known as filete porteno from Buenos Aires, ubiquitous in Argentina, was also recognised.

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Image caption The painting style is used for signs as well as decorations for homes and buses

Also recognised is the Oshituthi shomangongo, a festival in Namibia where communities gather to drink a beverage made from the marula fruit.

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Image caption The marula fruit can be turned into beer, jam and oil

Others on the list include the epic art of Gorogly in Turkemenistan, which is a tradition of oral performance describing the achievements of the hero Gorogly; and the tugging rituals in rice-farming cultures in Cambodia, Philippines, South Korea and Vietnam.

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