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Naadam or Three manly games festival is Mongolia’s ancient way of celebration which has been practiced till now. As noted in the book of Secret history of Mongolia of 13th century the celebration took place in Khuran month or July. In modern days, Naadam has been celebrated throughout the country every year on July 11-13 since the People’s revolution. It is a complex of horse racing, wrestling and archery games, and traditional arts such as folk art, knowledge and handcraft.
Before the opening ceremony of Naadam festival, it is usually highly crowded inside and outside of the central stadium, so be sure to leave your hotel at least 1 hour 30 min before the opening ceremony starts.
After the opening ceremony, 1st round of wrestling competition starts. At the same time, archery and ankle bone shooting game commence. You can visit them right after each other with a short visit to save time.
The tickets of the Naadam opening ceremony can be purchased from tour operators.
After lunch time, you may visit the field of horse racing. Please keep in mind there are limited number of seats, dust coming from horses arriving to the finishing line, arrival and departure time of the horses can be moved back and forth.
Mongolian Naadam festival was inscribed in 2010 on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.