The Naadam Festival of the Mongols originates from the Hun era (209BC) and has come to our time through centuries. It consists of the 3 Games of Men namely, archery, wrestling and horse racing. The Naadam was a competition among the nomadic Mongol tribes to test whose horses were the best, who had the strongest men and whose soldiers were the most outstanding archers. The Mongols started celebrating Naadam Festival nationwide on 11-12 July each year since 1921 to celebrate their independence from China.
The opening ceremony is the most impressive part of this glorious festival as various rituals, traditional music and dance take place in the Central Stadium. See the ritual of Genghis Khan’s 9 white flags carried into the stadium by soldiers in the military uniform of Genghis Khan. Hundreds of artists in traditional Mongolian costumes of different eras perform dances and songs for the opening ceremony while parading with hundreds of musicians and Tsam masked dancers.
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