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NAADAM FESTIVAL - 9 Days

NAADAM FESTIVAL
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The Naadam is a traditional biggest festival of Mongolia. The festival is also locally termed “the three games of men”. The games are Mongolian wrestling, horse racing, and archery, and are held throughout the country during midsummer. Women have started participating in the archery and some girls are riding in the horse-racing games, but not in Mongolian wrestling. In 2010, Naadam was inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity of UNESCO. Naadam is the most widely watched festival among Mongols, and is believed to have existed for centuries in one fashion or another. Naadam has its origin in the activities, such as military parades and sporting competitions such as archery, horse riding and wrestling that followed the celebration of various occasions including weddings or spiritual gatherings. The three games of wrestling, horse racing and archery had been recorded in the 13th century book “The Secret History of the Mongols”. Now it is formally commemorates the 1921 Revolution when Mongolia declared itself independent of China. The biggest festival (National Naadam) is held in the Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar during the National Holiday from July 11 – 13, in the National Sports Stadium. Naadam begins with an elaborate introduction ceremony featuring dancers, athletes, horse riders, and musicians. After the ceremony, .the competitions begin. Chinggis khan’s nine horse tails, representing the nine tribes of the Mongols, are still ceremonially transported from the Governmental building to the Stadium to open the Naadam festivities. At these opening and closing ceremonies, there are impressive parades of mounted cavalry, athletes and monks. Another popular Naadam activity is the playing of games using shagai, sheep anklebones that serve as game pieces and tokens of both divination and friendship. In the larger Nadaam festivals, tournaments may take place in a separate venue.

Day 1
Day 1: Jul 6, Ulaanbaatar city

Day 2
Day 2: Jul 7, Ulaanbaatar- Khustai national park, see Takhi /Asian wild horse/

Day 3
Day 3: Jul 8, Hustai National park-Ugii lake

Day 4
Day 4: Jul 9, Ugii lake-Kharkhorin Erdenezuu

Day 5
Day 5: Jul 10, Kharhorin, Erdenezuu-Elsen tasarhai sand dunes and back to Ulaanbaatar city

Day 6
Day 6: Jul 11, Ulaanbaatar city

Day 7
Day 7: Jul 12, Ulaanbaatar city

Day 8
Day 8: Jul 13, Ulaanbaatar city

Day 9
Day 9: Jul 14, Departure from Ulaanbaatar city

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