By CHINGGISKHAAN TRAVEL
Naadam is the most widely watched festival among Mongols, and is believed to have existed for centuries in one fashion or another. It has its origin in the activities, such as military parades and sporting competitions such as archery, horse riding and wrestling, that followed the celebration of various occasions, including weddings or spiritual gatherings. It later served as a way to train soldiers for battle, and was also connected to Mongols’ nomadic lifestyle. Mongolians practice their unwritten holiday rules that include a long song to start the holiday, then a Biyelgee dance. Traditional cuisine, or Khuushuur, is served around the Sports Stadium along with a special drink made of horse milk (airag). The three games of wrestling, horse racing, and archery are recorded in the 13th-century book The Secret History of the Mongols. During the Qing dynasty’s rule, Naadam became a festival officially held by sums. Now it formally commemorates the 1921 Revolution, when Mongolia declared independence from China. Naadam also celebrates the achievements of the new state.[ It was celebrated as a Buddhist/shaman holiday until secularization in the 1930s under the Communist influence of the Soviet Union.
The biggest festival (National Naadam) is held in the Mongolian capital, Ulaanbaatar, during the National Holiday from July 11 to 13, in the National Sports Stadium. It begins with an elaborate introduction ceremony featuring dancers, athletes, horse riders, and musicians. After the ceremony, the competitions begin. The competitions are mainly horseback riding.
- Day 1. Arrive in Ulaanbaatar July 4, wearing traditional clothes, **** hotel accommodation
- Day 2. Domestic flight to Uvs province, meeting durvud ethnicity people and visiting to their ger.
- Day 3. Khyargas lake / Beach and relaxing at ger camp/
- Day 4. Horse riding to Zavkhan, Otgontenger mountain. The night in front of fireplace.
- Day 5. From Zavkhan to Huvsgul province by bus
- Day 6. Having a day at Huvsgul lake with tsaatans. Travel by motorboat, Sukhbaatar ship. The accommodation will be ger camp.
- Day 7. Domestic flight to Ulaanbaatar. Tomorrow will be a main day. Preparing for tomorrow. Sauna & Massage.
- Day 8. Naadam festival /Mongolian wrestling, horse racing, entertainment show, traditional concert, traditional foods etc/
- Day 9. Naadam festival / Chinggis Khaan complex, wrestling final round, special dinner/
- Day 10. International departure