Turkish oil wrestling, the national sport in which men douse their
bodies in olive oil and attempt to put their hands through their
hand-stitched lederhosen, has won a place on UNESCO's list of intangible
According to Al Jazeera, the United Nations agency deemed the tradition, as practiced in the almost 650-year-old Kirkpinar festival, worthy of preservation, along with other obscure and better-known arts and rituals like Beijing Opera, Spanish flamenco, and French gastronomy.
Also nominated were an annual hopping procession in eastern Luxembourg and a scissor-dancing ritual in Peru's Chanka region.