Organized yearly on frozen Khuvsgul Lake by National Park rangers, local residents and businesses, the Ice Festival has been held five years running. A respite from the confinement of the winter months, the Ice Festival is a time to get outdoors and play games. The festival features a gathering of local residents and nomadic reindeer herders, and performances by shamans, musicians, and sportsmen. Competitions include ice sumo, a horse sledge race, ice skating races, tug of war between local teams, and a Russian Jeep race on the ice. Many traditional games are played on the sidelines, and this is an ideal venue for visitors to join in the fun and games with local people. The festival is held at Khar-Us on Khuvsgul Lake, a short drive north of Khatgal across the frozen lake ice
The Golden Eagle Festival starts with its parades and competitions for costuming and hunting techniques. This festival has been celebrated since 2000 and now attracts many travelers. Each year the number of eagle hunters participating in the festival is increasing which makes the festival more colorful and spectacular. The eagles chase fox skins dragged by their owners on horseback. Points are given for their speed and gripping ability. In 2 days you will capture plenty of portraits and competition photos, names Kokbar, Kizkhuar etc.
Travel 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 extraordinary 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
The Naadam Festival is the most important holiday celebrated throughout the country. Naadam means “feast of sports.” The sports include wrestling, horse racing, and archery. The State Naadam Festival is celebrated in the Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar while every towns and village celebrate their own festivals. Naadam is the most famous, interesting festival and national holiday of Mongolia attracts worldwide attention. Origin of the festival dates back to the great warriors’ period or great Genghis Khaan’s period in the 13th century. Naadam means “Festival or Feast of sports.” As well as, the festival is locally termed “Eriin Gurvan Naadam” means “Three manly sports.”The three sports are: Horse race, wrestling and archery. Ancient times, the Mongolian great kings and military generals used to train their warriors and the Warriors’ main battle tool horses while competing and feasting on the three manly traditional sports. The traditional Three Mainly Sports have been generating for centuries and being enriched by more traditional sports and games make today’s festival more interesting. During the festival, Mongolians dress in colorful and distinctive traditional clothes and ride their most beautiful horses. The official festival celebration takes place through the country on 11 and 12 July, annually. Particularly, the Naadam Festival in Ulaanbaatar, a capital of Mongolia is the most marvelous one involves wider range and the outstanding competitors of the games
Tsaatan means “people they herd reindeer.” At the beginning of July, numerous reindeer people arrive near the Khuvsgul Lake with their reindeer from the depths of the Taiga forest to demonstrate their customs and tradition. The festival includes many activities such as reindeer races, folk concerts, a game of reindeer polo and more. Tourists are welcome.
Annually, the two-day Eagle Festival is held near Ulgii town of Bayan-Ulgii province during the hunting season/October. The best hunters and trained birds are gathered in the majestic Altai Mountains to compete on hunting ability, speed, courage, agility and the quality of the Eagles’ accessories. The women demonstrate how to make decorative embroideries and cook Kazakh meals. Prizes are awarded for speed, agility, and accuracy, as well as for the best traditional Kazakh dress, and more. The festival starts with the opening ceremony, parade and go on including bait hunting, the released eagles landing on masters’ arm within the shortest period of time while he is galloping on horseback, horse race, camel race, archery, enge Ilu – equestrian competition, and Kuk Bar- each team try to snatch goatskin and has to deliver it to designated area. Traditional song and dances of Kazakhs are also featured. This colorful two-day festival is full of unusual events.
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