The Bumba Meu Boi Cultural Complex from Brazil was recognized on 12/11/2019 as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The title was awarded by the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of UNESCO. The Complex is the sixth Brazilian element on the list, along with Kusiwa Art, Samba de Roda, Frevo, Círio de Nossa Senhora de Nazaré and Roda de Capoeira.
The cultural complex of Bumba Meu Boi is a ritualistic practice involving forms of musical, choreographic, performing and playful expression. The practice is heavily charged with symbolism. It reproduces the cycle of life, offering a metaphor for human existence itself. Each year, the groups concerned reinvent this celebration, recreating songs, comedies, costumes, and embroideries for the occasion.