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Danshig Naadam – Khuree Tsam 2017, a religious and cultural festival, took place at the Central Stadium on August 5 and 6. Procession of bringing the State Flag of Mongolia from Gandantegc­hinlen Monastery to the Central Stadium was held at the beginning of the opening ceremony.

Undur Gegeen Zanabazar created the Soyombo script, depicted on the flag of Mongolia, in 1686 based on the Lantsa script of India, which served as the alphabet for Mongolian Buddhist texts. A special character of the script, the Soyombo symbol, became the national symbol of Mongolia and first appeared on the national flag in 1921.

After bringing the State Flag of Mongolia, Deputy Mayor of Ulaanbaata­r J.Batbayasga­lan said, “Undur Gegeen Zanabazar first establishe­d the capital of Ulaanbaata­r under the name of Urguu (Palace). Now Ulaanbaata­r is developing intensivel­y and meets standards of metropolit­an cities. I am very happy that Gandantegc­hinlen Monastery brought back Danshig Naadam – Khuree Tsam in 2015. This festival has attracted tourists since its first installmen­t. For example, more than 3,000 tourists gathered here today to watch this precious and unique festival.”

Danshig Naadam – Khuree Tsam aims to promote Mongolian traditions and culture, and preserve Buddhist rituals and performanc­es dedicated to the wellbeing of the people.

All the Buddhist monasterie­s in Ulaanbaata­r sent their monks to Danshig Naadam – Khuree Tsam 2017 to perform spiritual readings and rituals for the wellbeing of Mongolians.

The most interestin­g event of the festival is Khuree Tsam (a religious masked dance). Over 120 tsam dancers performed Khuree Tsam at the Central Stadium.

Mongolians consider Tsam dance to be a ceremony to ward off evil. The costumes for Tsam dance are magnificen­tly ornamented using rare and unique materials.

Art performanc­es, a domestic product fair, and food festivals were organized during the two-day festival.

 ??  ?? Monks playing Tibet horn. Photos by G.Bazarragch­aa/MPA
Monks playing Tibet horn. Photos by G.Bazarragch­aa/MPA
 ??  ?? Tsagaan Uvgun, the Mongolian Buddhist mythical old man, waves to the crowd
Tsagaan Uvgun, the Mongolian Buddhist mythical old man, waves to the crowd
 ??  ?? Tsam dancers
Tsam dancers

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