The National Naadam Festival is one of the most significant and eventful national holidays in the country and has been celebrated for centuries. This year’s National Naadam Festival events will commence on July 7, with the official opening ceremony held on July 11.

This year marks the 2,226th anniversary of Mongolian Statehood, the 811st anniversary of the Mongol Empire, and the 96th anniversary of the Mongolian People’s Revolution.

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

Friday, July 7

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

Saturday, July 8

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

Sunday, July 9

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

Monday, 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)
10:00 a.m.

 

State Banner Day Ceremony and Military Parade at Sukhbaatar Square
10:30 a.m. First stage of the National Khana Archery Tournament at the Archery Field
11:00 a.m. “Beautiful Mongolia” Exhibition at the Mongolian National Modern Art Gallery
1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Ceremonies paying tribute to the Great Chinggis Khaan and Hero of the Mongolian People’s Revolution D.Sukhbaatar at Sukhbaatar Square
2:00 p.m. Mongolians in Deel Parade at Sukhbaatar Square

 

2:00 p.m. – 4:20 p.m. Shudlen (three-year-old horse) racing at Khui Doloon Khudag
2:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Second stage of the National Khana Archery Tournament at the Archery Field
3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Concert dedicated to the anniversaries of the establishment of the State of Mongolia and of the Great Mongol Empire at the Central Cultural Palace
8:00 p.m. Ceremony paying respect to Yesun Khult Tsagaan Tug, the Nine Spiritual State Banners, at the Government Palace and Chinggis Square
9:00 p.m. “National Pride” concert at Sukhbaatar Square

Tuesday, July 11

8:00 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. Stallion racing at Khui Doloon Khudag
8:00 a.m. Knucklebone Shooting Tournament at Shagain Asar
9:30 a.m. Procession of the State Banner of Mongolia from the State Palace to the Central Stadium with a special program
11:00 a.m. Ceremony for the State Banner of Mongolia at the Central Stadium
11:10 a.m. President’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 the Central Stadium
11:20 a.m. Grand opening ceremony of the National Naadam Festival with a special program at the Central Stadium
11:30 a.m. Ceremony for knucklebone shooting at Shagain Asar
12:30 p.m. Semi-final of the Knucklebone Shooting Tournament at Shagain Asar
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. First round of the National Wrestling Tournament at Central Stadium
1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. First round of children’s wrestling at the Central Stadium
1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. National Archery Show at the Archery Field
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
4:20 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Second round of children’s wrestling at the Central Stadium

 

4:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. First stage of the National Khasaa Archery Tournament at the Archery Field
5:10 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Second round of the National Wrestling Tournament at the Central Stadium
9:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. “Ulaanbaatar Night” concert at Sukhbaatar Sqaure
11:00 p.m. Festival fireworks at Sukhbaatar Square, Bayankhoshuu, Maakhuur Tolgoi, and around Doloon Buudal

Wednesday, 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: 00 a.m. Third round of the National Wrestling Tournament at the Central Stadium
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Third round of children’s wrestling at the 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 the National Wrestling Tournament at the Central Stadium
11:20 a.m. – 12:40 p.m. Fourth round of children’s wrestling at the Central Stadium
12:00 p.m. – 1:40 p.m. Final stage of the National Khasaa Archery Tournament at the Archery Field
1:00 p.m. Award ceremony for Knucklebone Shooting Tournament winners at Shagain Asar
1:40 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Tournament of the top eight archers at the Archery Field
2:30 p.m. – 3:10 p.m. Fifth round of the National Wrestling Tournament at the Central Stadium

 

3:20 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. President’s presentation of titles, medals, and certificates to the winner and runners-up of the National Archery Tournament and Knucklebone Shooting Tournament
3:40 p.m. – 4:20 p.m. Sixth round of the National Wrestling Tournament at the Central Stadium
4:20 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Fifth round of children’s wrestling at the Central Stadium
4:10 p.m. – 4:40 p.m. Horse racing award ceremony, presentation of gifts to jockeys by President of Mongolia at the  Central Stadium
4:40 p.m. – 5:10 p.m. Sixth round of children’s wrestling at the Central Stadium
4:40 p.m. – 5:20 p.m. Seventh round of the National Wrestling Tournament at the Central Stadium
5:30 p.m. – 5:40 p.m. President’s presentation of titles, medals, and certificates to Falcon of Nation and Hawk of Nation wrestlers at Central Stadium
5:50 p.m. – 6:40 p.m. Eighth round of the National Wrestling Tournament at the Central Stadium
6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Seventh round of children’s wrestling at the Central Stadium
7:10 p.m. – 7:20 p.m. President’s presentation of titles, medals, and certificates to Elephant of Nation wrestlers at the Central Stadium
7:20 p.m. – 7:50 p.m. Ninth round of the National Wrestling Tournament at Central Stadium
7:50 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. President’s presentation of titles, medals, and certificates to the winner and runners-up of the National Wrestling Tournament at Central Stadium
8:00 p.m. President’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 the Central Stadium
8:10 p.m. Grand Closing Ceremony of the National Naadam Festival and ceremonial procession of the Yesun Khult Tsagaan Tug to the Government Palace with a special program

 

 Naadam Festival of Horse Trainers

Thursday, July 13 at Khui Doloon Khudag

7:00 a.m. – 9:20 a.m. Mixed breed stallion, Ikh Nas, and Soyolon horse racing
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Racing of Joroo (ambling) horses
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 Head of the National Naadam Festival and Deputy Minister U.Khurelsukh’s opening speech for the Naadam Festival of Horse Trainers
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
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Mixed breed colt racing
2:20 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Presentation of titles, medals, and certificates to the winner and runners-up of National Wrestling Tournament
2:30 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 Performance
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 runners-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 Federation of Mongolian Horse Racing Sport and Trainers Kh.Batbileg closes the Naadam Festival of Horse Trainers

 

Naadam Cultural Programs

Khui Doloon Khudag field

  • July 10 to 13 – 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 7:00 p.m.
  • July 11 – “Moriton Mongolchuud” (Mongolians on Horse) 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, 7:50 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.

Sukhbaatar Square

  • July 10 – Deeltei Mongol Festival, 2:00 p.m.
  • July 10 – “National Pride” art performance opera, 9:00 p.m.
  • July 11 – “Ulaanbaatar Night” concert, 9:00 p.m.

Mongolian State Academic Theater of Opera and Dance

  • July 5 to 15– “Uchirtai Gurvan Tolgoi” opera “Giselle” ballet, 5:00 p.m.                                               “Lucia di Lammermoor” opera
  • July 12 – “Best of Classics”, 9:00 p.m.

National Museum of Mongolia

  • July 7 to 15 – “Mongolian National Handcrafts” exhibition, open from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • July 10 – “Altan Soyombo” cultural program, 10:00 p.m.

Fine Arts Zanabazar Museum

  • July 8 and 9 – Japanese paper art exhibition, open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • July 7 to 15 – Exhibition by artist A.Sodnomtsevel, open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • July 16 to 20 – “Felt Art” exhibition, open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Choijin Lama Temple Museum

  • Open every day from 9:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

 

 

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