Soldiers participate in the annual Naadam opening ceremony parade in Ulaanbaatar. (scott.presly/Flickr)
A wrestling match occurs in an open field as part of the Naadam festival. (Emilia Tjernström/Flickr)
Archery is also one of the main events during the Naadam festival. (Mark Heard/Flickr)
A 10-year-old Mongolian acrobat performs in the capital Ulaanbaatar during the annual Naadam Festival in July 2006. (Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images)
At dawn, a young Mongolian rider heads to the start of a gruelling 30km horse race during the annual Naadam festival at Khui Doloon Khudag, 40km from Ulaanbaatar. (Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images)
Another rider prepares for a horse race during the annual Naadam Festival at Khui Doloon Khudag 40 km from Ulaanbaatar. (Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images)
Bökh is the folk wrestling style of Mongols in Mongolia, Inner Mongolia and other regions. Bökh means “durability.” (istolethetv/Flickr)
A dress rehearsal occurs in Ulaanbaatar’s Sukhbaatar Square ahead of the holiday festivities. (scott.presly/Flickr)
Horse races happen across the Mongolian pastureland during the three-day festival. (scott.pre
Mongolian kids near the finish line of their horse race. (Emilia Tjernström/Flickr)
The annual Naadam festival occurs across Mongolia, Inner Mongolia, and other communities in the middle of July each year. The colorful festival is renowned for its three sporting events: archery, horse racing, and wrestling.
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Man, if I ever get to visit anywhere in Asia, I’m going to skip right over the big cities and see if there’s any way some random non-journalist non-anthropologist yoyo from the States can come and see the Nadaam festival.
Nadaam Festival is large enough to be listed on the official Mongolian National Tourism website. The Nadaam Festival tour from the website they link to is $2,074 USD. As long as you’re a respectful and polite yoyo I’m sure it would be a wonderful experience.