The history needs to be preserved for future usability and also to learn about our ancestors and their teachings. One such event which is celebrated throughout Europe with the same motive is EUROPEAN HERITAGE DAY(S).
Introduced in 1985 by the Council of Europe, this event later became a joint action co-organised by the European Union in 1999. It is a spectacular event celebrated, wherein over 20 million people are provided access to the rarely opened sites and unique events. This year, it will begin on 21st and end on 22nd September in France.
The glorifying history in the form of its beautiful monuments can be cherished during this time. Some of these monuments are not accessible during regular days, to understand and learn about the shared cultural heritage and enjoy free visits.
People are more enthusiastic and ecstatic about these days and enjoy in full swing with their families to get an enriching and everlasting experience.
The initiative tries to bring forth the richness of Europe’s culture among its present generations and to stimulate interest in their antiques.
This event is marked in the 50 signatory countries to the European Cultural Convention every year in September. It is organised in close collaboration with national coordinators.
There are a network of regional and local authorities, civic and private groups and thousands of volunteers who are in charge of organising annual events in every country.
A unique common theme is allocated every year. The participation of each country in the celebration of a pan-European theme is optional.
Those countries who do not cater to take part in the celebration of the common theme can organise events of their choice around a unique theme.
Aachen Cathedral in the town of Aachen, Germany was the first UNESCO World Heritage Site in Europe.
A total of 131 World Heritage Sites was designated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in Western Europe. This is to awake the interests of the natives towards their unique culture and attract various tourists towards these enriching events.
This year European Heritage Days are celebrating the dominant aspect of common heritage by inviting its 50 participatory countries to give the “Arts and Entertainment” centre stage.