Naadam is a Mongolian midsummer celebration. Is is believed to have existed for centuries. Currently it formally commemorates the Mongolian Revolution of 1921 and establishment of the Mongolian People's Republic.
The festival includes three sporting competitions (archery, horse racing, Mongolian wrestling) collectively known as “the three games of men” or “three manly skills”. Recently, women have started participating in the horse racing and archery games, but Mongolian wrestling still remains an all-male sport.
Competitions are held throughout the country, but the biggest festival is held at the National Sports Stadium in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia. The opening ceremony features athletes, horse riders, dancers and musicians. The ceremony is followed by the competitions that last for three days.
Mongolian wrestling is considered the most important “manly skill”. Typically, 512 or 1024 wrestlers meet in a single-elimination tournament. Horse races in Mongolia are cross country-events. Children are allowed to participate as jockeys. Finally, archery competitions are played by teams of 10. Both men and women can participate.Remind me with Google Calendar
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