MONGOL NAADAM - FESTIVAL
Organizer: Mongolian Government
Date: 11th-13th of July, every year
Since 1206, for the establishment of Great Mongolian Empire, by the order of Chinggis khan, Naadam Festival, the biggest festival in Mongolia has been annually held in Mongolia. Highlights are horse racing, archery, and wrestling. The word “Naadam” means game or competition in Mongolian. The opening ceremony kicks off with parade of athletes, artists, soldiers, musicians, and Mongolians warrior dressed.
Wrestling: One of the most important parts of the festival, wrestling competition usually consists of 512 wrestlers. Importances of participants are: there is no weight division, no time limits. The rule: the loser is the wrestler who falls first, except hands or feet.
Archery: The most important power of Mongolian warriors was archery. In the 13th century, there was a law that every family had to have arrow and bow beside horse headed fiddle. In the history, Esungen, the grandson of Chinggis khan shot the furthest 520m or 330 fathoms. Every man had arrow and bow even women used to shoot. It was originated in Mesolithic period and became on part of the festival since Bogd Khan Mongolia. The competition is divided into 3 parts: men, women and teenagers.
Horse Racing: Around 2400 horses race by division of 6 ages in Ulaanbaatar city. For the whole country approximately 26000 horses race at the same time every year. The greatest thing of horse racing is that 100 to 500horses race up to 25 km depending on their ages with children at the same time
Attend opening ceremony of the Naadam Festival plus a Naadam Gala Dinner and Folk Concert in the evening. The highlight of the Mongolian festival calendar, the Naadam Festival dates back several centuries and takes place each year July 11-13. Originally a test of a nomad’s aptitude, it requires strength, stamina, accurate marksmanship and skillful horsemanship. Given the equine nature of nomadic life, much importance is placed on the horse races. Drawing herdsman from hundreds of miles around, races are staged on the vast steppes covering distances of up to 20 miles. We highly recommend booking early for our Naadam Festival departure.
8.00 Pick up at the hotel. Drive to Sukhbaatar Square to see the ceremony of placing the National 9 white banner in the Central Stadium.
11.00 Opening ceremony of the National Naadam Festival /Special program/
11.50 Wrestling competition/First round/
12.30 Archery competition
13.30 “Shagai” /ankle bone/ shooting
14.00 Boxed lunch on the car
15.30 Horse racing competition
16.10 Drive back to Ulaanbaatar
18.00 Enjoy watching Traditional Mongolian Folk Performance
19.00 Festival Gala Dinner (L/D)
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