Be a True No­mad – the Naadam in Six Senses

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Naadam Fes­ti­val – It has been the main and most sig­nif­i­cant cel­e­bra­tion of the horse-rid­ing no­mads from far an­cient times. Its ori­gin can be found in pet­ro­glyphs en­graved mil­len­nia ago and its tra­di­tion is counted in thou­sands of years. Wrestling in the sta­dium, horse race in Khui Doloon Khudag and archery in the shoot­ing field in the city are eye-catch­ing or even eye-daz­zling with vivid col­ors, con­cur­rent con­tests and spir­ited spec­ta­cles. Yet de­scry­ing the fes­ti­val from a dis­tance would never fully sat­isfy the ones who would like to learn and sense the true no­madic spirit.

So only sense of see­ing the Naadam with fas­ci­na­tion, ea­gerly soak­ing up Mon­go­lian his­tory is not enough for us.

How shall we un­der­stand and en­joy the Naadam at fullest and ex­pe­ri­ence the no­madic tra­di­tions, the au­then­tic no­madic way of life and the no­madic arts and culture?

The an­swer is the Culture Naadam, the two­day event that presents the unique as­pects of no­madic arts and culture in an in­ter­ac­tive way.

As the Culture Naadam is run in the val­ley of the horser­ace, the out of town spec­ta­tors wit­ness the rac­ing of horses, take a stroll in the scent of pas­ture sage and thyme and pay a visit to the ‘One Day in Mon­go­lia’ vil­lage of Culture Naadam. It’s arts and crafts vil­lage with sev­eral Mon­gol gers and pop-up tents, where her­itage bear­ers and artists show­case dis­tinct no­madic culture.

It’s not only for watch­ing, but avail­able for tak­ing part in the ac­tions of cal­lig­ra­phy writ­ing, tra­di­tional paint­ing, felt stitch­ing and wool pro­cess­ing. Hold­ing a brush, dip­ping it in ink and writ­ing on rice pa­per will def­i­nitely make you feel like an an­cient sage. Or mak­ing felt out of wet wool, sens­ing its tan­gled fi­bres will bring you the warmth of the wool and the warmth of the hearts of Mon­gol peo­ples.

Try Mon­go­lian tra­di­tional cos­tumes for selfie or wit­ness the deeply-rooted rit­u­als and cus­toms, play the tra­di­tional games at the ‘Steppe Mon­go­lia’ no­mads’ camp. Shoot­ing the an­kle­bones with your ring fin­ger will cer­tainly text not your strength, but your sharp­ness. It’s where you wit­ness, or even be­come a true Mon­go­lian for a mo­ment by mak­ing dairy prod­ucts, pro­cess­ing leather or tak­ing part in other daily house­hold ac­tiv­i­ties of no­mads along with re­lated rit­u­als and­cus­toms. In the evening, lis­ten to the sing­ing and recit­ing of Mon­go­lian oral tra­di­tions, the ear­li­est and old­est epic tales and odes and praises for ap­peal­ing the lord spir­its of na­ture.

You can even imag­ine your­self be­ing a Mon­gol war­rior while shoot­ing with a bow and ar­row or while en­joy­ing the horse-rid­ing show of ‘The Won­der of Horse-rid­ers’.

The kids can learn be­ing a Mon­gol in the chil­dren’s camp ti­tled ‘Chil­dren-Our Fu­ture’, while the ‘Awak­ened Steppe’ con­tem­po­rary arts camp en­ter­tain you with an ex­hi­bi­tion of fine art­works. The­giant sculp­tures are erected as mag­nif­i­cent mon­u­ments of the true no­mads in the world.

If you feel hun­gry, there will be Mon­go­lian cui­sine to de­light your ap­petite. If you feel tired, just take a break, feel the wind and the sun, then fol­low what your heart says. That’s how to touch, move and wake up the true no­madic soul in your­self.

Ev­ery year, the Culture Naadam hostsover 20.000 Naadam fes­ti­val go­ers on July 11 and July 12 in at Khui Doloon Khudag val­ley. It presents the quin­tes­sence of Mon­go­lian cul­tural iden­tity and the high­lights of its in­tan­gi­ble cul­tural her­itage.

The Culture Naadam, held in its 11th year, was mainly or­ga­nized Arts Coun­cil of Mon­go­lia (ACM) and the Mon­go­lian State Univer­sity of Arts and Culture (MSUAC) with a team of over 200 per­sons of artists, in­tan­gi­ble cul­tural her­itage prac­ti­tion­ers, stu­dents and vol­un­teers. The Culture Naadam2018 is made avail­able by sup­port of Or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee of Mon­gol Naadam, Rio Tinto and Khan Bank.

Since 2008, the Culture Naadam has won the ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the Naadam revel­ers at­tracted and has al­ready be­come the most suc­cess­ful pub­lic event that is a part of the “Mon­go­lian Naadam” fes­ti­val, a cen­turies-old tra­di­tion of Mon­go­lia in­scribed on the UNESCO Rep­re­sen­ta­tive List of the In­tan­gi­ble Cul­tural Her­itage of Hu­man­ity.

Ev­ery vis­i­tor at the Culture Naadam be­comes the en­voy of no­madic culture, con­tribut­ing in car­ry­ing out its aim to pro­mote Mon­go­lia’s cus­tom tra­di­tions, to en­dorse the in­tan­gi­ble no­madic culture as a tool for strength­en­ing na­tional cul­tural iden­tity and to raise na­tion­wide aware­ness of tra­di­tional cul­tural values.

See, Hear, Smell, Taste, Touch and Feel the No­madic Spir­i­tat Culture Naadam. Sense Your­self as a True No­mad.

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