Festivals of Mongolia - Time
it is celebrating the summer of celebrating the winter - Mongolians love a
festival! And few festivals around the world can compare with the festivals
Naadam is the best known of the Mongolian festivals,
celebrating the anniversary of the People's Revolution in 1921. Originally
a sports carnival to test the skills of the Mongol warriors, it is now a
summer festival and a time when Mongolians celebrate the brief northern
summer. Few festivals in the world compete with the sights, sounds and
action of Naadam as children as young as six years race stallions over
distances up to 30km; men and women compete in the traditional sport of
archery; and men tussle for the title "Invincible Titan" on the
wrestling field. National Naadam is 11-12 July each year, although many
'special' Naadams during the summer months.
Tsagaan Sar - White Month - is the Mongolian New
year and Mongolians have been celebrating this holiday for thousands of
years. During Chinggis Khaan's empire it may have been held in the summer
time but now Tsagaan Sar celebrates the end of winter and the start of
spring. The last day of the first lunar month of the calender year is
called "bituun". The first day of the new year everyone
wears a new deel and makes the greeting called "zolgokh"
that means younger person is giving a respect to the older generations.
Mongolians celebrate the new year over three days full of eating and
drinking fermented mare's milk "airag" and "arkhi"
- vodka. A Mongolian festival is never complete without the spectacle of
traditional wrestling bouts and horse races!
minorities maintain the pace of Mongolia's festivals with
celebrations of their own at different times of the year. The Buriat
peoples of Northern Mongolia and southern Siberia
celebrate their common heritage with cross-border celebrations during the
summer months. The Kazakh peoples of Bayan-Olgii maintain an active
calendar of festivals according to the calendar of their Musslim religion
Expeditions arranges festival tours on an individual and small group basis
- please inquire about our festival program for 2016.
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