Naadam festival programArt & Culture
Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Mongolia’s biggest and most festive national holiday takes place in mid-July. This year’s Naadam is celebrating the 2225th anniversary of the Mongolian Statehood, 810th anniversary of the Great Mongol Empire and the 95th anniversary of the People’s Revolution. The official state celebrations are beginning on July 7 with national archery tournaments at the archery field next to the Central Stadium.
On July 10, horse races will start at Khui Doloon Khudag – Naadam venue with three-year-old horses’ race at 08.00 am. Meanwhile, knuckle-bone shooting tournaments will be commencing in Ulaanbaatar. Archery tournaments will continue.
This day marks the State Flag day and “Deeltei Mongol” traditional costumes festival, in which anyone who dresses up in deel (traditional clothes) can take part, at the Chingis Square. A ceremonial concert for the grand anniversaries will be staged at the Central Palace of Culture. Later this day, one of Mongolia’s best classic operas “Three Dramatic Characters” (also known as “Three Sad Hills”) will be staged in open air at the central square of Ulaanbaatar.
July 11 events will start with the Stallion races at Khui Doloon Khudag at 08.00 am. In Ulaanbaatar, The State’s Nine White Banners will be escorted from the Government Palace to the Central Stadium by the mounted honor guards.
After the Nine White Banners are exalted at the center of the stadium, the Naadam Opening Ceremony will start at 11.20 am.
The first rounds of the national wrestling competitions will begin at 12.00 and end at around 4 pm. Meanwhile the semi-finals of the knuckle-bone shooting will continue.
General demonstration of national archery will take place at 1-2 pm. At the same time, the children’s wrestling matches will commence.
Later this day, the second rounds of the national wrestling starts, along with the next round of the national archery.
“Ulaanbaatar’s night” concert will be staged at the Chingis Square between 10 and 11 pm, followed by ceremonial fireworks.
Between 07.00 and 09.20 am of July 12, the most awaited and the most watched Soyolon (four-year-old) horses’ race will run at Khui Doloon Khudag site. Finals of wrestling, archery and knuckle-bone shooting games will take place on this day.
After the final wrestling match, the Nine White Banners will be escorted out from the stadium back to the Government Palace.
July 13 “Naadam of Horse Trainers” will start with half-bred horses’ races at Khui Doloon Khudag. The complex will also host a race of best amble horses from around the country, followed by a dedication concert and wrestling match for horse trainers.