The main Nadaam festival takes place in Ulaanbaatar and the whole country watches all competitions very closely on Mongolia's National Television and Radio. Many other smaller Naadam festivals take place in different aimags (provinces) around the country throughout the month of July, and it is at these Naadam festivals that you are able to get a much closer look at the action.
At the heart of Danshig Naadam-Khuree Tsam is the mesmerizing "Khuree Tsam" dance. During this performance, monks put on colourful masks representing various deities, heroes, and mythological characters, creating a visually stunning spectacle. These dances are not only a form of artistic expression but also hold deep religious significance, embodying the spiritual connection between the people of Mongolia and their Buddhist heritage.
The festival offers a unique opportunity for visitors to immerse themselves in Mongolia's rich culture and history, witnessing the harmonious coexistence of religious traditions and cultural celebrations. Danshig Naadam-Khuree Tsam is a vivid representation of the nation's cultural diversity and spiritual devotion, making it a truly captivating experience for all who attend.
Other FestivalsOther famous festivals include Tsagaan Sar (Mongolian New Year) and Maidar Ergekh. The New Year celebration is a complex one and includes long preparation and sophisticated rituals. Tsagaan Sar (the white month), the first month of spring, has been one of the most important celebrations of Mongols for centuries. This is a time of the year when winter passes away and spring comes in.
The Maidar ergekh is Buddhist tradition and its aim is to present the Fifth Buddha (Buddha pf the Future) and to pray for rebirth in Heaven.