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Naadam Festival Tour 2024
1 Pax: 170$ per person
Enza Tours Presents: Mongolia Naadam Festival 2024 - An Unforgettable Cultural Experience
Join us for an extraordinary journey into the heart of Mongolia's most celebrated cultural event, the Naadam Festival, in 2024. Our meticulously crafted program promises an immersive experience into the rich traditions and vibrant festivities of this historic festival.
Morning Kick-Off at Enza Tours Office
8:00 AM: We will meet at the Enza Tours Office. Here, we'll collect other tourist and introduce our Naadam tour
8:30 AM: Departure to Chinggis Square Our journey begins with a scenic drive to Chinggis Square. Witness the solemn and majestic ceremony of placing The National Nine White Banners at the Central Mongolian Stadium, a symbol of pride and heritage.
Immersive Cultural Experiences
10:00 AM: Central Stadium Ceremony Be part of the grandeur at the Central Stadium, where the Naadam Festival's Opening Ceremony unfolds. Officially inaugurated by the President of Mongolia, this ceremony is a kaleidoscope of culture, featuring hundreds in traditional attire, representing Mongolia's diverse ethnic groups. Immerse yourself in the vibrant display of folk music, dance, and theatrical performances, capturing the essence of Mongolian traditions.
The Thrill of Mongolian Horse Racing
12:30 PM: Journey to Khui Doloon Khudag Experience the exhilaration of Mongolian horse racing at Khui Doloon Khudag. Feel the pulse of excitement among the locals and witness the deep connection between the Mongolian people and their beloved horses.
Mongolian Horse Racing: A Heritage Event Mongolian horse racing is a testament to the nation's unique equestrian heritage. Watch as herders, using time-honored techniques, prepare their horses for the races. The festival categorizes horses into six age groups, each racing over varying distances:
Two-year-old horses: 10-12 km (6-7.5 miles)
Stallions: Approximately 23 km (14.5 miles)
Seven-year-old horses: 25-26 km (15.5-16 miles)
The race tracks' varying surfaces add an extra layer of challenge and excitement to these competitions.
The Role of the Jockeys Jockeys, typically aged between 5 and 13, play a crucial role in these races. Their light weight, combined with their experience, makes them ideal for the long-distance races. Beyond mere riding, these young jockeys are responsible for nurturing the spirit of their horses, often singing the traditional "Giingo" song to encourage and uplift them.
Join Enza Tours for an unforgettable exploration and here is travel diary Mongolia's Naadam Festival.
This journey promises not just a glimpse into Mongolian culture but an immersive experience into a world where tradition, sportsmanship, and community spirit come alive in the most spectacular fashion. Book your spot today and be part of this incredible cultural adventure!
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The Essence of Naadam
Naadam, traditionally comprising horse racing, wrestling, and archery, is more than just a sports festival; it's a cultural phenomenon deeply rooted in Mongolian history. These games are believed to have been practiced for centuries, serving as a testament to the strength, skill, and bravery of the Mongolian people. In 2010, UNESCO recognized Naadam as part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, highlighting its global significance.
The Three Games of Naadam Festival
1. Mongolian Wrestling of Naadam Festival
Wrestling is a highlight of Naadam, showcasing the physical prowess and technique of the participants. Unique in its format, there are no weight categories, and the rounds are not timed. The goal is simple yet challenging: to get your opponent to touch the ground with any part of his body other than his feet. The elaborate costumes and the traditional "eagle dance" performed by the wrestlers add to the spectacle.
2. Horse Racing of Naadam Festival
Unlike Western horse racing, Mongolian horse races are long-distance cross-country events, with races covering distances up to 30 kilometers. The jockeys are children aged between 5 and 13, emphasizing skill and endurance over brute strength. The bond between the rider and horse, and the sheer endurance of these animals, is a sight to behold.
3. Archery of Naadam Festival
Archery in Naadam is a display of precision and concentration, with archers using traditional Mongolian bows to hit targets at considerable distances. Both men and women participate in this event, showcasing their marksmanship, a skill that was crucial for the survival and success of the Mongolian Empire.
More Than Just Games
Naadam is also a social event, bringing together families and communities. It's a time for vibrant parades, music, dance, and traditional Mongolian attire. The festival is a living museum, offering a window into the soul of Mongolia, its history, and its people.
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