Naadam

Naadam

The Nadaam festival is the biggest festival of the year for Mongolians. Usually occurring in July, the festivities kick off with a colourful parade of athletes, monks, soldiers, musicians, and people dressed as ancient warriors. After that, attention turns to competitions in the country’s most popular sports: horse racing, archery, and Mongolian wrestling.

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About Naadam

Naadam (Mongolian: Наадам / ᠨᠠᠭᠠᠳᠤᠮ, lit. "games") is a traditional festival in Mongolia. The festival is also locally termed "eriin gurvan naadam" (эрийн гурван наадам) "the three games of men". The games are Mongolian wrestling, horse racing and archery and are held throughout the country during midsummer. Women have started participating in the archery and girls in the horse-racing games, but not in Mongolian wrestling.

In 2010, Naadam was inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity of UNESCO.

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