Fiche Chemballala' registered as World Heritage by UNESCO
Fiche Chamballala, New Year among the Sidama people of Ethiopia, has been registered as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO on December 2, 2015. Ficha was one of the 23 elements inscribed out of a total of 35 that were proposed at the 10th session of the committee for the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage meeting in Windhoek, Namibia. Fiche Chamballala will be Ethiopia’s second Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity to be inscribed by UNESCO, next to Meskel festival /finding of the True Cross.
This lets Ethiopia among the top countries which has the most UNESCO World Heritage registered Sites in Africa. The 12 sites are Aksum, Fasil Ghebbi, Harar, Konso Cultural Landscape, Lower Valley of the Awash, Lower Valley of the Omo, Rock-Hewn Churches, Simien National Park ,Tiya Meskel Tana lake& Fiche Chamballala.