Naadam 2015 Events


NAADAM 2015

Naadam festival, (11-13 July 2015), is the happiest time in Mongolia. 
It is also the peak of the tourist season. 
In Mongolian Naadam is known as "eriin gurvan naadam" (эрийн гурван наадам), 
meaning - the 3 games of men. The 3 games are horse racing, archery and Mongolian wrestling. 
Some call it the Nomadic Olympic Games. 
These games have existed for centuries and incorporate warrior skills.

The festival is performed throughout the country. 
The central ceremonies and competitions are held in Ulaanbaatar.
This year (2015) in UB there will be 512 wrestlers competing in 10 rounds, 420  of them hold a state title. 
Horses in six age categories will be dashing across the Khui Doloon Khudag horse racing fields.

All national events will take place in the city (Ulan Bator), except for the horse racing, 
which will take place in the Khui Doloon Khudag horse racing fields 
west of Ulaanbaatar on the main road leading to Lun see map





Tickets for tourists
For the opening ceremony July 11th tickets for tourists cost 25USD
Tour operators and hotels can purchase ahead of time for their customers.
Tickets for the stadium 11-12 July events  cost 16,000MNT to 24,000MNT depending on location.
Tickets will be sold from July 6th, only 4 tickets per person will be sold.
Lines to the box office are long. Beware of pickpockets, stand in line with empty pockets.

Cost of tickets (color coded) for the 11-12 July 2015 events at the stadium.



Free bus shuttle
Free bus rides to the stadium and to the horse race fields 
will run during Naadam events from the following parking lots: 
Misheel EXPO  Мишээл EXPO
Dunjingarav  Дүнжингарав


Horse racing
Horse racing takes place at the horse racing fields - see Google map of racing location
The racing field is named  "khui Doloon Khudag" (Mongolian: Хүй долоон худаг)
Racing during 10-11-12-13 July, each day from 10:00am to 08:00pm













July 3-5 Uriankhai people Naadam
Will celebrate and parade at Chinggis square.
The Uriankhai people (Mongolian: Урианхай) live in west Mongolia.


July 10th 17:00-21:00 - Mini Naadam at the National Museum
A special event to learn all about Naadam at the National Museum
Location:  Tourist street  (Жуулчны гудамж-1 Улаанбаатар-14201)
Phone: + 976-11-326802, + 976-70110911, 99123922  (ask a local to call for details)
You will learn the rules of Mongolian archery, and get to practice Mongolian wrestling.
Listen to music played on traditional horse head fiddle.  
Source


Ulaanbaatar stadium events



July 11 Satureday
10:00 opening ceremonies at the stadium
and than archery and wrestling. (and "ankle bone" competitions at a separate tent).

July 12 Sunday
From 08:00AM archery and wrestling
at 08:00PM  closing ceremony at the stadium




Countryside Naadam

What to expect

Each aimag (province) will celebrate a 2 day local Naadam festival during July 2015.
These local events are aimed for the local communities, and are free of charge.

Tourists are welcome to join, but there are limited facilities for tourists.  
Almost no English is spoken, there are no road signs directing you to the exact location of the Naadam celebration fields, your driver will have to ask around.
The events take place in open fields within a short drive from the Aimag (province) capital city.

In contrast to the main spectacular and somewhat touristic events in Ulaanbaatar, 
the countryside events give you a much closer point of view, 
you get to mingle with the locals, 
and experience an authentic and traditional way of celebrating Naadam. 


Naadam showcases the 3 Sports of Mongolia - wrestling, horse racing, and archery. 

After the opening ceremony on the first day, 
you will enjoy 2 days of wrestling, multiple horse races, and an archery event. 
The Naadam horse race is 10-30 km long with dozens of local contestants. 

Local foods are sold or shared by locals. 
You will notice people consume large amounts of airag (fermented mare’s milk), 
huushur (fried bread stuffed with meat),  and aaruul (dried milk curds), 
these are as important to Naadam as watching the events. 

The competitions take place about 2-4 km out of the aimag capital city. 
Taxis (private vehicles) to the fields cost about 2,000-4,000 MNT. Walking and hitchhiking is an option.
Horse races in some cases are away from the main event fields, and might require another taxi ride.

Countryside Naadam events 2015
This map and table below are updated from time to time, dates may change. Check with locals before going.
source for dates: mnb.mn/p/57592

For better communication, and useful when asking directions - 
copy from the table below the Mongolian names of the Aimag (province) and capital city you are heading to. 
SealProvincesNaadam
Dates

Population*


Capital
Arhangai.gifArkhangai
(Архангай)
July
10-11
Large  


Tsetserleg
(Цэцэрлэг)
Bayan Olgiy.gifBayan-Ölgii
(Баян-Өлгий)
July
10-11
Large 


Ölgii
(Өлгий)
Bayankhongor
(Баянхонгор)
July
8-10
Large 


Bayankhongor
(Баянхонгор)
Bulgan.gifBulgan
(Булган)
July
9-10
Medium 
Bulgan Sum's 4-5 July.

Bulgan
(Булган)
Mn coa of darkhan aymag.svgDarkhan-Uul
(Дархан-Уул)
July
9-11
Large 


Darkhan
(Дархан)
Dornod
(Дорнод)
July
10-11
Large 
Dornod sum's will celebrate
1-2, 6-7, 15-16, 16-17 source

Choibalsan
(Чойбалсан)
Dornogovi
(Дорноговь)
July
10-11
Large 


Sainshand
(Сайншанд)
Dundgov.gifDundgovi
(Дундговь)
July
26-27
Medium 


Mandalgovi
(Мандалговь)
Govsumber.gifGovi-Altai
(Говь-Алтай)
July
7-9
Medium  


Altai
(Алтай)
Hentiy.gifGovisümber
(Говьсүмбэр)
July
8-9
Small 


Choir
(Чойр)
Khentii
(Хэнтий)
July
8-9
Large 
Khentii Sum's 8-10, 16-17,

Öndörkhaan
(Өндөрхаан)
Khovd
(Ховд)
July
10-11
Large 
Khovd sum's 4-6, 25-26

Khovd
(Ховд)
Mn coa khuvsgul aymag.pngKhövsgöl
(Хөвсгөл)
July
10-11
Large 
Khovsgol Sum's 10-11, 19-20

Mörön
(Мөрөн)
Ömnögovi
(Өмнөговь)
July
25-26
Large 


Dalanzadgad
(Даланзадгад)
Mn coa erdenet.pngOrkhon
(Орхон)
July
10-11
Large 


Erdenet
(Эрдэнэт)
Övörkhangai
(Өвөрхангай)
July
10-11
Large 
Kharkhorin Sum 8-9
and 24-26 Danshig.

Arvaikheer
(Арвайхээр)
Selenge.gifSelenge
(Сэлэнгэ)
July
9-11
Large 


Sükhbaatar
(Сүхбаатар)
Mn coa sukhbaatar aymag.pngSükhbaatar
(Сүхбаатар)
July
17-19
Medium 
Regional event 25-26

Baruun-Urt
(Баруун-Урт)
Tov.gifTöv
(Төв)
July
8-10
Large 


Zuunmod
(Зуунмод)
Uvs.gifUvs
(Увс)
July
25-26
Large 
Uvs sum's 18-19

Ulaangom
(Улаангом)
Zavchan.gifZavkhan
(Завхан)
July
10-11
Large 


Uliastai
(Улиастай)
Mn coa ulaanbaatar.pngUlaanbaatar
(Улаанбаатар)
July
11-13
1,400,000

National
Capital
* Population index (size of province by number of inhabitants)
Small:         up to 10,000  inhabitants 
Medium:     10,000 -   50,000 inhabitants 
Large:         50,000 - 100,000 inhabitants  


Naadam Public Ceremonies
in Ulaanbaatar July 2015

Cultural event
Organizer
Venue
Date
Time
1
"Best of classics" Classical concert
City Cultural Department 
Chinggis Square
July 4
08PM
2
State Honorary Concert
National Philharmonics
Chinggis Square
July 10
03PM
3
Fireworks
UB
Chinggis Square
July 11
11PM
4
The State Banquet Concert
National Philharmonics
Ih Tenger
July 11
07PM
5
Children`s Gala Concert
Children Palace
Chinggis Square
July 11
09PM
6
Ub Evening
City Cultural Department 
Chinggis Square
July 12
09PM
7
Mongolian Dance Festival
City Cultural Department 
Chinggis Square
July 12
10PM
8
“Silence White” DJ Party
City Cultural Department 
National Amusement Park
July 12
10PM
9
"Deeltei Mongol" Traditional Dress Festival
City Cultural Department, City Tourism Department
Chinggis Square
July 13
09PM, 03PM
10
Local arts crafts cloths
Small business office
Chinggis Square
July 10
09AM -07PM
11
"Morin Khuur" International Festival
City Cultural Department
Chinggis Square
July 15
08PM
12
Cultural concert at outside of the central park
 Mongolian Youth Union of Art
Outside of the stadium
July 11, 12
01PM-07PM
13
Cultural concert at the camp


July 11, 12
10AM-07PM
14
Сultural Event at Hui Doloon Hudag
University of Culture and Art
Hui Doloon Hudag
July 10-13
Everyday 10AM—12AM
15
“Aduuchin” Festival
Union of Mongolian horse herders
Hui Doloon Hudag
July 14
10AM-05PM
16
Flag Ceremony
State Ceremonial Offie
Chinggis Square
July 10-12
 for 3 days
17
Fine Art Exhibition
Mongolian Fine Art Gallery
Hall of Mongolian Fine Art Gallery
July 01-25
for 25 days
10AM - 10PM





Sum (=district) Naadam celebrations


More Sum (=district) Naadam 2015 celebrations.

Bayankhongor aimag:    map of sum locations in Bayankhongor province
  • Bogd sum (Mongolian: Богд)  July 29th to August 1st. 
  • Bayanlig sum (Mongolian: Баянлиг) July 8-10.

Arkhangai aimag:  map of sum locations in Arkhangai province
  • Erdenmandal sum (Mongolian: Эрдэнэмандал) July 15-17
  • Khngai sum (Mongolian: Хангай ) July 10-11
Dundgovi aimag: map of sum locations in Dundgovi province
  • Bayanjargalan sum (Mongolian: Баянжаргалан) July 23-25
  • Ulaanbadrakh sum (Mongolian: Улаанбадрах) July 16-17










NATIONAL ANNIVERSARIES

The Naadam celebrations in the year of 2015 commemorate the various anniversaries of the Mongolian state through history.

Celebrating the 2224th  anniversary of the Hun Empire
The establishment of the Hun state (Xiongnu, Хүн улс) by Toumen in the 3rd century BCE 
marks the beginning of statehood on the territory of Mongolia.  
His son Modu Shanyu conquered and unified various tribes. 
At the peak of its power, the Hun confederacy stretched from Lake Baikal in the north (Russia today) 
to the Great Wall of China in the south.

Genghis Khan
Celebrating the 809th anniversary of the Great Mongol Empire  
The Mongol Empire was founded by Genghis Khan in 1206. At the peak of its power, the Mongol empire stretched all the way to Europe.

Celebrating the 102nd anniversary of National Freedom 
During the collapse of the Qing (Chinese) Dynasty  in 1911, Mongolia declared independence.  Bogd Gegeen was enthroned as Bogd Khaan (Great Khan, or Emperor) of Mongolia on 29 December 1911.


Celebrating the 94th anniversary of the People's Revolution
Sukhbaatar and Choibalsan,
revolution leaders.
Under strong Soviet influence, the Mongolian People's Republic was declared in 1921. The revolution against the Chinese began on  March 18, 1921 when 400 volunteer troops led by Sukhbaatar attacked the 2000 Chinese garrison in Kyakhta at the northern frontier of Mongolia. The Mongolian People's Party troops and Russian Red Army troops entered Urga (Ulaanbaatar of today) in July 1921.

Celebrating 25th year of democracy
After the breakdown of Soviet communist regimes in late 1989, Mongolia began its own democratic revolution in early 1990, which led to a multi-party system, a new constitution in 1992 and a transition to a market economy. 






Video

In English - a 3 minute video explaining Mongolian wrestling





3 comments:

Greca Durant said...

Thanks a lot for all the information. Most appreciated.

Anonymous said...

hello how and where can i buy ticket for naadam 2016?

charlotte

Anonymous said...

Tickets become available only 2 weeks prior to Naadam.
Your hotel, guesthouse, or tour operator can purchase tickets for you.
You can also stand in line at the stadium ticket office a few days before Naadam.

Dan