Today is the 860th birth anniversary of Chinggis KhaanSociety
Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/. The National Pride Day is being celebrated today in Mongolia, marking the 860th anniversary of the birth of Great Chinggis Khaan, which customarily falls on the first day of winter according to the Mongolian Lunar Calendar.
Based on the conclusion of a working group in charge of re-determining the birthday of Chinggis Khaan and the Mongolian Academy of Sciences, a Presidential decree was issued on January 9, 2012, officially declaring the day Chinggis Khaan was born to be on the first day of the initial winter month by the Lunar calendar. /The day is, by the Lunar calendar, celebrated on different days each year/.
This morning, a traditional ceremony of exalting the Nine White Banners took place at the central square of Sukhbaatar. The Nine White Banners, which are kept at the State Palace, were brought to the central square by the cavalcade of honor guards.
Under the rule of a sole leader, when Mongolians enthroned Chinggis Khaan as the King of the Great Mongol Empire, they raised their Nine White Banners - the symbol of great power as well as independence and unity for the Mongolian state and had the great king pay respects. And ever since that time, the White banners have been placed in the State Palace to symbolize the Mongolian state in a perpetual state of prosperity and its people living peacefully. Currently, the Nine White Banners are kept at the State Palace, to only be brought out for big holidays.
The country is celebrating the National Pride Day as a public holiday for the tenth year