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Naadam Festival
July 5, 2022

Naadam Festival

Every year the Naadam Festival (July 11th-15th) brings together Mongolians from all walks of life for an annual celebration rooted in their sovereignty and cultural identity. The opening ceremony of Naadam will be covered live from the city center of Ulaanbaatar.

Every year the Naadam Festival (July 11th-15th) brings together Mongolians from all walks of life for an annual celebration rooted in their sovereignty and cultural identity. The opening ceremony of Naadam will be covered live from the city center of Ulaanbaatar. In a continuation of a 15-year record, over 10,000 spectators including residents and nomads from other provinces will gather on this day for the festivities.

The celebration begins with an intricately produced opening ceremony featuring dancers, athletes, horse riders, and musicians. The Naadam Festival is not simply Mongolia's biggest sporting event, it's also a chance to take part in an ancient tradition, rooted in the heart of Mongolian identity.

In terms of events, the primary focus is on three traditional games: archery, horseracing, and wrestling. The three types of sports are closely connected with the lifestyles and living conditions of the Mongols, who learn the sports tradition through homeschooling by family members. The Naadam rituals and customs emphasize respect for nature and the environment. Another competition of ankle bone shooting became one of the fascinating parts of the festival.

Mongolian Naadam is closely related to the nomadic civilization of the Mongols, who long ago practiced herding in the vast steppes of Central Asia. Morin Khuur's soulful melody also appears prominently during Naadam creating an atmosphere of pridefulness and joy for all. The Mongolians follow special rituals and practices during the festival, such as wearing unique costumes and using specific tools and sporting goods.

Festival attendees honor the athletes and children who compete, and the winners are rewarded with titles for their achievements. Praise songs and poems are often written in honor of contestants who participate in significant events. Naadam is an excellent opportunity for everyone to get involved and help build community spirit.

Gobi Cashmere wishes a Happy Naadam festivities in honor of the national holiday since the Mongolian People’s Revolution in 1921.

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