Mongolians celebrating National Naadam Festival

2022-07-11 14:11:54

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/. Mongolians across the country are gloriously celebrating the National Naadam Holiday.

This year's National Naadam Holiday is commemorating the 2230th and 2231st anniversaries of the Foundation of the First Statehood in Mongolia, 815th and 816th anniversaries of the establishment of the Great Mongol Empire, 110th and 111th anniversaries of the restoration of national freedom and independence, and 100th and 101st anniversaries of the People’s Revolution of Mongolia.

The Naadam Festival has been traditionally opened with the arrival of Nine White Banners to the Central Stadium, which was carried out all the way from Sukhbaatar square.

President of Mongolia U.Khurelsukh made opening remarks at the ceremony and paid respect to the Nine White Banners.

In his speech, the President emphasized, “The National Naadam Holiday, inherited from our ancestors, is a symbol of the existence and independence of the Mongolian state, the unity and freedom of the Mongols, their history, values, cultural heritage, spiritual heritage, and the invaluable cultural asset of humanity.”

The President also declared the issuance of a historic decree to honor the Great Chinggis Khaan’s portrait.

 “…This year marks 860th birth anniversary of Great Chinggis Khaan who unified the many nomadic tribes to form the world’s largest and most powerful the Great Mongol Empire and created the Pax Mongolica, a period of peace and stability in Eurasia under the Mongol Empire.

To glorify the Great Khaan’s historical deeds and strengthen the valuable heritage of the State, the Head of State is issuing a historic decree that the Mongolian state, every family and organization shall revere and place the portrait of Great Chinggis Khaan with respect.”

The President’s speech was followed by an opening cultural performance, which featured the Mongolian pride.

The Naadam is also locally termed ‘eriin gurvan naadam’ or ‘the three games of men’—Mongolian wrestling, horse racing and archery. Inscribed in UNESCO’s List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, the Naadam Holiday is traditionally celebrated on July 11-15 every year. However, Mongolia celebrated the holiday in an online format in 2020 and officially postponed the event in 2021 due to COVID-19 lockdowns.