The National Naadam Festival is a highly anticipated event and one of  the most interesting national holidays, having been celebrated for centuries. This year’s National Naadam Festival will kick off on July 7 with the official opening ceremony held on July 11.

This year marks the 2,225th anniversary of Mongolian Statehood, the 810th anniversary of the Mongol Empire, and the 95th anniversary of the Mongolian People’s Revolution.

The UB Post is presenting our readers with the complete program of the National Naadam Festival in the capital.

Thursday, July 7

9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.      Uriankhai archery at the Archery Field

Friday, July 8

9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.      Buryatian archery at the Archery Field

Saturday, July 9

9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.      Children’s archery at the Archery Field

Sunday, July 10

8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.    Khyazaalan (four-year-old horse) racing at Khui Doloon Khudag

8:00 a.m.              Sectional Knucklebone Shooting Tournament at Shagain Asar (Knucklebone Field)

10:30 a.m.           First stage of the National Khana Archery Tournament at the Archery Field

10:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m.                    State Banner Day Ceremony at Chinggis Square

12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. Ceremonies paying tribute to the Great Chinggis Khaan and Hero of the Mongolian People’s Revolution D.Sukhbaatar at Chinggis Square

2:00 p.m. – 4:20 p.m.      Shudlen (three-year-old horse) racing at Khui Doloon Khudag

2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.      Concert dedicated to the anniversaries of the establishment of the State of Mongolia and of the Great Mongol Empire at Central Cultural Palace

2:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.      Second stage of the National Khana Archery Tournament at the Archery Field

4:00 p.m.             Mongolians in Deel Parade at Chinggis Square

8:00 p.m.             Ceremony paying respect to Yesun Khult Tsagaan Tug, the Nine Spiritual State Flags, at the Government Palace and Chinggis Square

10:00 p.m.           “Uchirtai Gurvan Tolgoi” opera at Chinggis Square

Monday, July 11

8:00 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.    Stallion racing at Khui Doloon Khudag

9:30 a.m.              Procession of the State Banner of Mongolia from the State Palace to Central Stadium with a special program

10:00 a.m.           Knucklebone Shooting Tournament at Shagain Asar

11:00 a.m.           Ceremony for the State Banner of Mongolia at Central Stadium

11:10 a.m.           President Ts.Elbegdorj’s opening speech for the National Naadam Festival and the celebration of the anniversaries of the establishment of the Mongolian State and of the Great Mongol Empire, followed by the national flag raising ceremony at Central Stadium

11:20 a.m.           Grand opening ceremony of the National Naadam Festival with a special program at Central Stadium

11:30 a.m.           Ceremony for knucklebone shooting at Shagain Asar

12:00 p.m. – 4:10 p.m.    First round of the National Wrestling Tournament at Central Stadium

12:30 p.m.           Semi-final of the Knucklebone Shooting Tournament at Shagain Asar

1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.      National Archery Show at the Archery Field

1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.      First round of children’s wrestling at Central Stadium

2:00 p.m.             Opening ceremony of the National Naadam Festival at Khui Doloon Khudag with a special program

2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.      Ikh Nas (horse over the age of five) racing at Khui Doloon Khudag

2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.      Final stage of the National Khana Archery Tournament at the Archery field

3:20 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.      Second round of the National Wrestling Tournament at Central Stadium

4:20 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.      Second round of children’s wrestling at Central Stadium

4:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.      First stage of the National Khasaa Archery Tournament at the Archery Field

8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.“Ulaanbaatar Evening” concert at Chinggis Square

11:00 p.m.           Festival fireworks at Chinggis Square, Bayankhoshuu, Maakhuur Tolgoi, and around Doloon Buudal

Sunday, July 12

7:00 a.m. – 9:20 a.m.       Soyolon (five-year-old horse) racing at Khui Doloon Khudag

8:00 a.m.              Semi-final of the Knucklebone Shooting Tournament at Shagain Asar

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.    Middle stage of the National Khasaa Archery Tournament at the Archery Field

9:00 a.m. – 11: 40 a.m.   Third round of the National Wrestling Tournament at Central Stadium

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  Third round of children’s wrestling at Central Stadium

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Daaga (colt or two-year-old horse) racing at Khui Doloon Khudag

11:20 a.m. – 12:40 p.m.  Fourth round of children’s wrestling at Central Stadium

11:50 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.    Fourth round of the National Wrestling Tournament at Central Stadium

12:00 p.m. – 1:40 p.m.    Final stage of the National Khasaa Archery Tournament at the Archery Field

12:30 p.m.           Award ceremony for Knucklebone Shooting Tournament winners at Shagain Asar

1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.      Tournament of the top eight archers at the Archery Field

2:30 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.      Fifth round of the National Wrestling Tournament at Central Stadium

3:20 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.      Fifth round of children’s wrestling at Central Stadium

3:50 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.      President Ts.Elbegdorj’s presentation of titles, medals, and certificates to the winner and runners-up of the National Archery Tournament and Knucklebone Shooting Tournament.

4:00 p.m. – 5:20 p.m.      Sixth round of the National Wrestling Tournament at Central Stadium

4:40 p.m. – 5:10 p.m.      Sixth round of children’s wrestling at Central Stadium

5:20 p.m. – 5:50 p.m.      Horse racing awards ceremony presentation of gifts to jockeys by President Ts.Elbegdorj at Central Stadium

5:50 p.m. – 6:50 p.m.      Seventh round of the National Wrestling Tournament at Central Stadium

6:35 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.      Seventh round of children’s wrestling at Central Stadium

6:50 p.m. – 7:10 p.m.      President Ts.Elbegdorj’s presentation of titles, medals, and certificates to Falcon of Nation and Hawk of Nation wrestlers at Central Stadium

7:10 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.Eighth round of the National Wrestling Tournament at Central Stadium

8:00 p.m. – 8:10 p.m. President Ts.Elbegdorj’s presentation of titles, medals, and certificates to Elephant of Nation wrestlers at Central Stadium

8:10 p.m. – 8:50 p.m. Ninth round of the National Wrestling Tournament at Central Stadium

8:50 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.      President Ts.Elbegdorj’s presentation of titles, medals, and certificates to the winner of the ninth round of the National Wrestling Tournament at Central Stadium

9:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.      Tenth round of the National Wrestling Tournament at Central Stadium

9:30 p.m. – 9:45 p.m.      President Ts.Elbegdorj’s presentation of titles, medals, and certificates to the winner and runners-up of the National Wrestling Tournament at Central Stadium

9:45 p.m.             President Ts.Elbegdorj’s closing speech for the National Naadam Festival and the celebration of the anniversaries of the establishment of the Mongolian State and of the Great Mongol Empire at Central Stadium

9:50 p.m.             Grand Closing Ceremony of the National Naadam Festival and ceremonial procession of the Yesun Khult Tsagaan Tug to the Government Palace
Horse racing and wrestling program

Monday, July 13, at Khui Doloon Khudag

7:00 a.m. – 9: 20 a.m.      Mixed breed stallion, Ikh Nas, and Soyolon horse racing

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Mixed breed Shudlen and Khyzaalan horse racing

1:00 p.m. – 1:05 p.m.      Organizing Committee President of the National Naadam Festival and Deputy Minister Ts.Oyunbaatar’s opening speech for the Naadam Festival of Horse Trainers

10:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.    Racing of Joroo (ambling) horses

1:05 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.      Cultural performance for the opening ceremony of the National Naadam Festival of Horse Trainers

1:20 p.m. – 2:20 p.m.      First round of wrestling

2:20 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.      Presentation of titles, medals, and certificates to the winner and runners-up of National Wrestling Tournament

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.      Mixed breed colt racing

2:30 p.m. – 3:20 p.m.      Second round of wrestling

3:20 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.      Cultural performances

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.      Third and fourth rounds of wrestling

4:30 p.m. – 4:40 p.m.      Cultural performances

4:40 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.      Fifth round of wrestling

5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.      Presentation of titles and medals to the winner and runner-up of horse racing

5:00 p.m. – 5:50 p.m.      Sixth round of wrestling

5:50 p.m. – 6:20 p.m.      Seventh round of wrestling

6:20 p.m. – 6:40 p.m.      Presentation of titles, medals, and certificates to the winner and runners-up of the wrestling tournament

6:40 p.m.             Head of the Union for Horse Racing Sports and Trainers B.Batsaikhan closes the National Naadam Festival horse racing events

 

Naadam cultural programs

Outside of Central Stadium

  • July 11 and 12 – “Mongolian Cultural Heritages of the World” cultural performances and exhibition, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Khui Doloon Khudag field

  • July 10 to 12 – Sersen Tal (Awakened Steppe) Cultural Festival with special program, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • July 11 – Opening ceremony of Khui Doloon Khudag Naadam Festival, 2:00 p.m.
  • July 11 – Long distance horse racing, 4:00 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • July 11 – “Moriton Mongolchuud” horse sport performance with circus acts, 2:50 p.m. to 3:20 p.m.
  • July 12 – “Moriton Mongolchuud” horse sport performance with circus acts, 7:05 a.m. to 5:20 a.m.
  • July 12 – Parachute performance, 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
  • July 13 – Naadam Festival of Horse Trainers with special program, 7:00 a.m. to 6:40 p.m.
  • July 13 – “Moriton Mongolchuud” horse sport performance with circus acts, 11:40 a.m. to 12:10 p.m.

Chinggis Square

  • July 10 – Deeltei Mongol Festival at Chinggis Square, 4:00 p.m.
  • July 10 – “Uchirtai Girvan Tolgoi” (Three Dramatic Characters) opera, 10:00 p.m.
  • July 11 – “Ulaanbaatar Evening – Let’s Praise Our Country” concert by Kharanga, 9:00 p.m.
  • July 12 – “Taliin Bujig” (Steppe Dance) Mongolian Tuurgatan Dance Festival, 9:00 p.m.
  • July 13 – International Festival of Morin Khuur, 9:00 p.m.
  • July 14 – International Ulaanbaatar Swing Night Festival, 9:00 p.m.

State Academic Theater of Opera and Dance

  • July 11 – “Wonders of Mongolian Arts”, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • July 12 – “Wonders of Mongolian Arts”, 6:00 p.m.

Children’s Palace

  • July 9 – Children’s Naadam Festival Gala Concert, 11:00 a.m.

National Amusement Park

  • July 12 – Silence White DJ Festival, 10:00 p.m.

 

Museums and Exhibitions

Museum of Ulaanbaatar

  • July 10 to 15 – Open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Mongolian Art Gallery

  • July 1 to 25 – “Uran Darkhchuud”, open from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

National Museum of Mongolia

  • July 6 to 15 – “Mongolian Horse Cultural Heritage”, open from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Exhibition Hall of the Union of Mongolian Artists

  • July 8 to 16 – “Silk Road”, open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Fine Arts Zanabazar Museum

  • July 6 to 15 – Open from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Choijin Lama Temple Museum

  • Open every day from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • July 11 to 13 – “Domogt Nuudelchin” (Legendary Nomads) folk art performance

 

Cinema

Tengis Cinema

 The following films will be playing from July 6 to 15:

  • Warcraft: The Beginning
  • The Purge: Election Year
  • The Secret Life of Pets (3D)
  • Pretty Witch (MGL)

Urgoo Cinema

 The following films will be playing from July 6 to 15:

  • Warcraft: The Beginning
  • The Purge: Election Year
  • Now You See Me 2
  • Alice In Wonderland
  • Independence Day
  • The Secret Life of Pets (3D)

Soyombo Cinema

The following  films will be playing from July 6 to 15:

  • Pretty Witch (MGL)
  • Love me (MGL)
  • Hello, My Life 2 (MGL)
  • Big Family (MGL)

Gegeenten Cinema

 The following films will be playing from July 6 to 15:

  • Warcraft: The Beginning
  • The Purge: Election Year
  • Finding Dory
  • The Secret Life of Pets (3D)

Khunnu Cinema

 The following films will be playing from July 6 to 15:

  • Warcraft: The Beginning
  • The Purge: Election Year
  • Finding Dory
  • Alice In Wonderland
  • Independence Day
  • The Secret Life of Pets (3D)
  • Pretty Witch (MGL)
  • My Wife is a Spy (MGL)

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