Explore Mongolia’s famous Naadam horse racing festival

This is Mongolia’s largest festival, held on July 11-12 every year. And it was recognized by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage in 2010. The festival’s origins date back to the great Genghis Khaan period of the 13th century.

Naadam in Mongolian is understood to be festival sports. Put simply, this is a festival consisting of 3 main matchs. That includings horse racing, wrestling and archery, with the aim to prove the strength and masculinity of the man.

In ancient times, Mongol kings and Mongol army generals often trained their warriors. And the horses fight by having them compete with these three powerful traditional sports.

The three traditional sports have undergone many changes in play styles and rules over the centuries. Gradually other traditional sports and games were held, making today’s festival even more interesting.

During the Naadam festival, the Mongols dressed in colorful traditional clothes ride a pony they deem the best. This festival is held in many regions in Mongolia. But Naadam in Ulaanbaatar – the capital of Mongolia is still the biggest, most interesting festival.

It attracts a large number of people and thousands of tourists join each year. Naadam Festival in Ulaanbaatar is colorful and attractive with outstanding sports. Participants in the Naadam festival’s horse racing games often have experience in horse racing. That’s preferring to sit on horseback without a saddle, galloping at extremely fast speeds.

The game is extremely thrilling and interesting, attracting a lot of tourists to join as well as watch and cheer on the race. Attractive no less horse racing and wrestling, however this game is not for women to participate but only for men.

The most anticipated sport in the traditional Naadam festival is horse racing, with races held on the outskirts of the capital Ulaanbaatar. The horses in this game are trained for at least 1 month before the festival is at 2 years old.

This is a quite risky game, requiring bravery but also skillful. In addition to what makes your race horse race at a fast speed. The player must also have archery skills on horseback and always have to look around to make sure there are no other obstacles.