Naadam Festival


Naadam Festival is a traditional festival in Mongolia. The festival is also locally termed “eriin gurvan naadam” (эрийн гурван наадам) “the three games of men”. The games are Mongolian wrestling, horse racing, and archery, and are held throughout the country during midsummer. Women have started participating in the archery and girls in the horse-racing games, but not in Mongolian wrestling.

In 2010, Naadam was inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity of UNESCO.

Two big festival days ahead of us starting by the opening ceremony, observe some of the wrestling matches, also the incredible archery contests and another favourite traditional game ankle bone shooting. A wonderful cultural show or souvenir shopping, perhaps for some cashmere are options as well.

We will head out to see the finish line of the Naadam horse race. The afternoon continue exploring Ulaanbaatar. In the evening we will meet again to attend the Festival Closing Ceremony (time will depend on when the wrestling competition finishes. It is different each year) and to enjoy a dinner.