World Heritage Day is not just a day to cherish the beautiful monuments around us. The day which is celebrated every year on April 18 is meant to raise awareness to protect our history and culture. International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) was behind the idea of celebrating a day called International Day on Monuments and Sites. The day came to be known as World Heritage Day and is celebrated by countries that are members of UNESCO.
There are many guidelines to celebrate World Heritage Day. You can visit monuments, you can carry out some campaigns to raise awareness to protect them, you can publish articles, do broadcasts on various media and hold exhibitions among many other things.
The theme for World Heritage Day 2016 is- the heritage of sports. It has been decided keeping in mind the fact that this year Olympics are being organized in Rio. ICOMOS believes that sports have contributed a lot towards architecture and art as they have been an integral part of human development.
Our State Rajasthan is one of the most culturally rich places in the world. It has sites that attract people all around the world. Many tourists visit our cities like Jaipur, Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur and Udaipur. The problem is that not all the grand structures are in great shape. Sometimes it’s lax on government’s part while at others, public defaces them.
Today we want to remind everyone that our heritage needs to be protected. This is an important step towards maintaining the beauty of our state and keeping the spirit of Rajasthan alive forever.