Mongolia’s Nomadic Cultural Festival – July 2020
Nomadic Culture Naadam on July 20-23rd 2020: Nomadic Cultural Festival is an event displaying Mongolian national pride, traditional clothings, nomadic lifestyle, etc., Zavkhan Province near Ulaagchnii Khar Nuur in Erdenekhairkhan soum. The main significance of the festival was the setting up of camps for five herd animals in every mountain pass and organization of a number of fun activities to promote traditional Mongolian customs to guests and tourists. Only horses, camels, cattle carts and carts are available for inter-camp transport for the guests of this unique event. In the cattle camp, yak bucking, lasso and bola throwing contests and other activities including cattle caravans and carriage ride are held as well as displaying the techniques of making traditional dairy products. In the small livestock camp, sheep and goat milking, as well as sheep shearing contests are held, etc., that demonstrate the traditional method of felt processing. In the horse camp, several competitions take place such as lasso and bola throwing, horse training and racing. As for the camel camp – camel race, training and milking competitions are held. The festival grants an opportunity for the visitors to get acquainted with Mongolia’s nomadic culture.