Mike, Melanie & Nöel Lutes

Assemblies of God Missionaries to Mongolia


Naadam occurs once a year during the month of July, lasting for about a week.  Each July, thousands upon thousands of Mongolians travel to the capital city of Ulaanbaatar to participate in the games. The word Naadam means the 3 manly sports, which is a misnomer, as the horseracing is done by children, archery by both men and women, and only wrestling is solely for the men.

Opening Ceremony

img110[1].gif (65295 bytes) The opening of the Naadam festival reminded me of the opening of the Olympics, full of pomp and circumstances. The horsemen are carrying Mongolian old style flags which are made out of horsetails.
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