Annual Naadam Festival Mongolia
The main summer Naadam festival is held on 11th and 12th July in Ulaanbaatar. Other towns and villages are usually around this time, but the exact date is decided at the beginning of the summer by the local Governor and can be changed right up to the last moment. The people and horses prepare well in advance with a very strict training regime. It is a great honour to be a winner at the Naadam festival and the prizes nowadays are quite substantial, for example a jeep !
Mongolian horse racing as featured in Naadam is a cross-country event, with races 15–30 km long. The length of each race is determined by age class. For example, two-year-old horses race for ten miles and seven-year-olds for seventeen miles.
Mongolian traditional wrestling is an un timed competition in which wrestlers lose if they touch the ground with any part of their body other than their feet or hand. When picking pairs, the wrestler with the greatest fame has the privilege to choose his own opponent.