Danshig Naadam-Khuree Tsam held for fourth year

2018-08-06 16:40:49

The ‘Danshig Naadam-Khuree Tsam 2018’ religious and cultural festival will take place on August 4-5 at Khui Doloon Khudag.

Co-organized by the Governor’s Office of Ulaanbaatar and Gandantegchinlen Monastery, this year’s festival will feature an exhibition of tourism and rare religious artifacts of Gandantegchinlen Monastery.

The religious festival will be opened by a ceremony ‘Mandala’, followed by variety of events, including debate between monks, Tsam performance, raising of the Soyombo banner, performance of religious songs, wrestling tournament between 256 wrestlers, above five-year-old horse racing, trotting march and horse archery.

During Tsam performance, over 120 people wearing enormous and glorious masks and heavy ornaments dance in roles of deities with different characters such as Ochirvaani (Vajrapani), suppressing the enemies and subduing the evil spirits with fierce movements.

The first Danshig Naadam was held in 1639 to celebrate the enthronement of High Saint Zanabazar as the first Bogd Jebtsundamba Khutuktu and the spiritual leader of Mongolian people. It is one of Mongolia’s major religious and cultural events and symbolizes a solidarity of Mongolians.

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