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Naadam Festival 2020 Tour

Updated: Nov 19, 2023

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Introduction to the Mongolian Naadam Festival

The Mongolian Naadam Festival stands out as a unique celebration, unparalleled in its blend of cultural richness and historical significance. This festival is not just a display of nomadic culture; it's a revered celebration of Mongolia's national independence, showcasing an exquisite fusion of arts and sports.

Historical Significance of Naadam

Tracing its roots back to the era of the Hunnic Empire and Great Mongolia, the Naadam Festival originally served as a competition among military personnel. The festival's traditional sports - horse racing, wrestling, and archery - are mentioned in the 13th-century historical document, "The Secret History of the Mongols." Modern celebrations of Naadam began post the 1921 Revolution, marking Mongolia's independence from China, symbolizing the achievements of the new state.

Celebrations in Ulaanbaatar

The National Naadam Festival is primarily held in Mongolia's capital, Ulaanbaatar, during the National Holiday from July 11th to 14th. The festivities take place in the Mongolian National Sports Stadium, kicking off with a grand opening ceremony. This ceremony is a spectacle of beauty and cultural pride, featuring dancers, athletes, horse riders, and musicians.

Diverse Competitions and Activities

At the heart of Naadam are the traditional competitions: horse racing, wrestling with 512 to 1024 participants, and archery. However, the festival also includes unique games like ankle bone shooting and offers a taste of Mongolian culture with traditional fast food and beverages.

Naadam's Cultural Impact

The Naadam Festival is a testament to the Mongolian nomadic spirit, celebrated during the most pleasant season in the country. It's a time when people embrace the joy of the outdoors, traveling to the countryside, camping, and gathering with their closest communities. This festival is not just a series of events; it's a vibrant expression of Mongolian heritage and communal joy.


07:00- 8:00 We will pick you from your Hotel.

08:00-09:00 Having breakfast in the restaurant

9:00 We will drive to Chinggis Square. There we will see the ceremony of placing The National Nine White Banner in the Central Mongolian Stadium