Attend to the Opening Ceremony of the Naadam Festival


The biggest festival is held in the Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar during the National Holiday from July 11 – 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.

Naadam is the most widely watched festival among the Mongols and is believed to have existed for centuries in one fashion or another. Naadam 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. Now it formally commemorates the 1921 revolution when Mongolia declared itself a free country.

Visitors will watch the inauguration ceremony of the Naadam Festival which is opened by the president of Mongolia. The opening ceremony features marches and music from soldiers, monks, and athletes and live performance of the national instrument Morin Khuur and a choir concert before the real fun begins!