Festivals and Events
The Mongolians have the beautiful traditional
festivals and celebrations that they have kept for
centuries. These include the fantastic Naadam Festival
and Tsagaan Sar (White Month) Celebration. Nowadays,
several fantastic new festivals such as the Nomads'
Day, Camel Festival etc are initiated by some very
creative Mongols to preserve traditional Mongolian
heritage. We enlist the most important events in 2013,
and the events are listed in their date order.
Mongolian festivals are fantastic and truly a lifetime
experience. Last years, some good Mongolian tourism
events are taking place as well as Mongolia festivals
like Mongolia Naadam Festival Holiday, Camel Festival,
Ice Festival, Nomads' Day Festival and some more.
We welcome you to come and take part in Mongolia festival
and Mongolia events with us!
NATIONAL HOLIDAYS & FESTIVALS 2013
MONTH NATIONAL HOLIDAY - Traditional Mongolian Lunar
Tsagaan Sar or White Month is one
of Mongolia's two major and long-awaited holidays, the
other being Naadam in July. For Mongols, Tsagaan Sar
is not only an ancient holiday marking the end of winter
and the beginning of a new year's cycle, but is also
a time for unification and reinforcing social bonds.
Preparations for the festive start well ahead of time.
Several families usually gather in the eldest man's
ger, where the holiday will take place. Since the holiday
means all relatives, neighbors, friends and guests will
be treated to a lavish meal, women make more than a
thousand buuz and dumplings. Families all across the
country stock-up on food, dairy, mild milk vodka and
other specialties for the occasion. Take a Tsagaan Sar
February-March. THOUSAND CAMEL FESTIVAL
south to the Gobi Desert to attend the renowned "Thousand
Camel Festival," organized by a local non-governmental
organization working to protect and preserve the Bactrian
camel population, which has been steadily declining
over the past twelve years. This extraodinary festival
allows travelers a rare opportunity to interact with
and learn first-hand about these amazing animals and
the camel herders' nomadic lifestyle. Highlights of
the festival include camel races, performances by traditional
Mongolian musicians and dancers, and visits to significant
paleontological and cultural sites of the Gobi. Attend
the camel races at the Thousand Camel Festival, a unique
opportunity to witness the speed and agility of Bactrian
camels. Take a Camel Festival tour here...
11-12. The GREAT NAADAM FESTIVAL - Biggest National
Holiday of Mongolia
Naadam festival is the biggest and most joyful celebration
for Mongolians. It takes place on the 11-12th of July
each year. The festival originated from the era of Khunnu
Empire and was originally organized as a competition
to test the skills of Mongolian Warriors of different
tribes. The festival comprises the "Three Manly
Sports": wrestling, horse racing and archery. A
fascinating and interesting event for all is where the
9 White Flags of Chinghis Khan are carried in a ceremonial
parade from the State Parliament House to the Central
Stadium. 512-1024 wrestlers compete on the green field
of the State Central Stadium-there is no time limit,
no weight category. There are 6 different categories
of horse racing depending on the age of horses. Archery,
originating from time immemorial, is the oldest sport
of the Mongols. Traditionally, this was only men's sport
but nowadays both men and women compete in separate
divisions. Take a Naadam tour here...
15. THE GOBI NAADAM FESTIVAL.
Khongor Sand Dunes, South Gobi.
This Naadam festival is organized for those who came
late for Naadam festival. Taking place at the Khongor
sand dunes - the Gobi Desert "Khongor" Naadam
is the pride of the Gobi people. The Many Three Games
of the Mongols - archery, horse racing and wrestling
compeitions and lots of music and dance will amuse you
on this day in the Gobi.
Take a tour to the
Gobi and join the Gobi Naadam, click
"NOMADS' DAY" FESTIVAL
Nature Reserve, Tuv province
The two-day festival will be held near the
Steppe Nomads Ger Camp in the tranquil and scenic surroundings
of the Kherlen River and Gun-Galuut Nature Reserve of
Mongolia. Let's see, hear, feel, taste and experience
the nomadic lifestyle of real Mongols! We are presenting
different types of the nomadic customs and ceremonies
including challenging games between kids, horsemen,
women and families. You will be a true nomad only on
this day. Under the starry sky of the night you will
enjoy watching Mongolian unique culture, such as long
song, dancing, horse-head fiddle melody and throat singing.
about the festival or take a Nomads' Day
October 4-5. GOLDEN EAGLE FESTIVAL
Bayan Ulgii province
Kazakhs are renowned for their unique and extraordinary
skill in using Golden Eagles to hunt small prey. The
Golden Eagle Festival is organized in order to help
revive this remarkable tradition and promote it among
the younger generations in an effort to balance the
preservation of Mongolia’s past traditions. The
festival is arranged by locals that are committed to
preserving traditional Kazakh heritage. Attend the spectacular
Golden Eagle Festival and experience the sight of Kazakhs
on horseback, dressed in their traditional dark coats
and scarlet hats, with Golden Eagles hovering on their
arms. Take a Golden Eagle Festival tour here...