"Tea Road" cultural and heritage festival to be heldArt & Culture
Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ From 13 to 16 August. “Tea Road” heritage and cultural festival will be organized for the second time in Khovd aimag, home to many ethnic groups. There are people of 17 ethnic groups, such as Altai Uriankhai, Durvud, Zakhchin, Myangad, Olot, Torghut, Khalkha, Khoshut, Kazakh and Tuva live in 17 soums of Khovd aimag. This festival aims to promote and pass down the tangible and intangible cultural heritage, folk art and tea culture of these ethnic communities and develop local tourism sector.
The festival will host a number of events, including a camel caravan, a mini-Naadam festival, horse riding contest, tea ceremony, folk art shows and acrobat performances. Also, within the festival, a tour to the Gurvan Tsenkher Cave in Mankhan soum, concert of Mongolian epic and Limbe, a Mongolian national flute and “Tea Road” second academic conference will be hosted.
As tea culture gained popularity in Europe and Russia, caravan paths through Mongolia was the shortest way to transport tea. This route, called tea Road was the second most important caravan network after the Silk Road in terms of transport revenues.