Naadam Festival (on July 11th - July 13th): Naadam is a traditional type of Festival in Mongolia. The festival is also locally termed "the three games of men". The games are Mongolian wrestling, horse racing and archery and are held throughout the country during the midsummer holidays. Women have started participating in the archery and girls in the horse-racing games, but not in Mongolian wrestling. The biggest festival is held in the Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar during the National Holiday from July 11th - July 13th in the National Sports Stadium. Other cities and towns across Mongolia, have their own, smaller scale Naadam celebrations. It begins with an elaborate introduction ceremony featuring dancers, athletes, horse riders, and musicians. After the ceremony, the competitions begin. Another popular Naadam activity is the playing of games using shagai, sheep knuckles that serve as game pieces and tokens of both divination and friendship. Click here to find our Special Naadam Festival Tours.
Deel Mongol Festival (on July 10th or on July 13th): A deel is an item of traditional clothing commonly worn since centuries ago among the Mongols and other nomadic tribes of Central Asia, including various Turkic peoples, and can be made from cotton, silk, wool, or brocade. The deel is still commonly worn by both men and women outside major towns, especially by herders. In urban areas, deels are mostly only worn by elderly people, or on festive occasions. The Deel Mongol Festival is held in the Genghis or Chinggis Khaan square (*the main square in the heart of Ulaanbaatar) on July 10th or on July 13th, and is comprised the folk art concert, parade-show in the Deel of Mongolian national clothes and Mongolian Ger. A traditional Ger is a portable, round tent covered with skins or felt used as a dwelling by nomads in the steppes of Central Asia. The structure comprises an angled assembly or latticework of pieces of wood or bamboo for walls, a door frame, ribs (poles), and a wheel (crown, compression ring) possibly steam bent. The roof structure is often self-supporting but large yurts may have interior posts supporting the crown.
Yak Festival (in the last week of July): The Yak festival is held in the last week of July in Tariat village of Arkhangai province, which is considered as the motherland of yaks, with cooperation's of yak herders and yak down product producers. During the festival activities such as, yak parade, yak race, a fashion show and an exhibition of yak down products will be organized. Visit a Yak breeder's family and experience the traditional customs and lifestyle of local residents. Currently, Mongolia has 600,000 yaks and 36 percent of it located in the Arkhangai province (literally Northern Khangai) is one of the 21 provinces of Mongolia. It is located slightly west of the country's center, on the northern slopes of the Khangai Mountains.
The Altai Kazakh Eagle Festival is held in the last week of September in the nearby village of Sagsai . It follows much the same pattern as the Larger Golden Eagle Festival, with about 40 eagle hunters participating. The Larger Eagle Festival is held on October. This is an annual festival held in Bayan-Olgii extreme province of Mongolia on October. Anyhow the tourism infrastructure has somewhat developed. Be prepared for cold temperatures on October. In eagle festival, eagle hunters will make a show catching small animals such as fox and hares by their trained eagles. The eagles are released from a rock cliff, while their owners stand below and signal for them to land upon their arms, as they do during hunting. Those with the fastest times and best technique are awarded the highest scores. In addition to the eagle hunting contests, the participants play such traditional Kazakh games known as kekbar (from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia).