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Mongolian Festivals

National Naadam Festival

One of the most known and famous festivals is the National Naadam of Mongolia and is celebrated on July 11-13. Three main Mongolians “manly sports": wrestling, horse racing, and archery take place every year at the Naadam festival. This ancient festival dates back centuries and it’s thought that originally it has been created as a celebration during weddings and other spiritual gatherings.

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.

Danshig Naadam-Khuree Tsam

Danshig Naadam-Khuree Tsam is a captivating and culturally rich festival in Mongolia, known for its unique blend of religious and traditional elements. This festival is held at the beginning of August and combines the centuries-old practices of Buddhism with the vibrant spirit of the Naadam Festival.

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 Festivals

Other 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.