Naadam Festival: Opening Ceremonies
Olympic Games opening ceremonies come and go, each with its own “wow” factor. Athletes. Movie stars. Rock singers. Parachutists. Royalty. Plus a TV audience of billions, and lately costing a cool $50M to $100M for a few hours of athletically inclined entertainment.
Mongolia’s 850-year-old athletically inclined Naadam Festival in Ulaanbaatar has its own “wow” factor as well, and it’s priceless. The national festival offers its own memorable opening ceremonies, replete with rock stars, movie stars, Mongolia’s president, fashion models, contortionists and a TV audience – just not in the billions.
Some love the fashion show aspect, with women especially grabbing attention with their mile-high headgear of Mongolian bogqtas (hats), often towering five to seven feet atop their heads.
Naadam is all about the sights and sounds, a colorful tribute to Mongolian history and traditions that can be traced back to those long-ago days of Genghis Khan.
Travel To Mongolia with MIR
MIR has more than 30 years of experience handcrafting tours to Mongolia. Our full service, dedication, commitment to quality, and destination expertise have twice earned us a place on National Geographic Adventure’s list of “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth.”
You can experience the splendor of Mongolia’s Naadam Festival on MIR’s small group tours and rail journeys by private train:
SMALL GROUP TOURS
- Siberia & Mongolia: Spirits & Nomads
- Mongolian Explorer: The Gobi & Beyond with Naadam Festival
- Mongolia to Moscow: A Trans-Siberian Railway Adventure
RAIL JOURNEYS BY PRIVATE TRAIN
You can also opt to travel on your dates and at your pace on a private journey to Mongolia, customized to your desired dates and style.
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(Top photo credit: Helge Pedersen – Masked tsam dancers on parade)
PUBLISHED: November 13, 2014