Naadam means Three Games Of Men, which highlight ancient warrior matches of horse racing, archery and wrestling. This is the biggest summer festival celebrated throughout Mongolia.


This documentation covers the rural Naadam celebrated in the village of Lun in central Mongolia and the opening ceremony of the national Naadam Festival in Ulaanbaatar on the 11th July 2018.

In this image, crowd is waiting for horse racers to cross the finishing line at the Rural Naadam Festival in Lun of Tuv Province. 


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Horse racing judges waiting for horses to touch the finishing lines with onlookers on horseback in the background.

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Horse racing judges waiting for horses to touch the finishing lines with onlookers on horseback in the background.

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Rural Naadam Festival in Lun of Tuv Province - Children horse racing is one of the first matches of the festivals. These children are from the age of 7 to early teens. Very skilful riders and they raced for over 10KM in the steppes of Mongolia to the finishing line. The winner was a 8 year old.

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Rural Naadam Festival in Lun of Tuv Province - Children horse racing is one of the first matches of the festivals. These children are from the age of 7 to early teens. Very skilful riders and they raced for over 10KM in the steppes of Mongolia to the finishing line. The winner was a 8 year old.

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Rural Naadam Festival in Lun of Tuv Province - Congregation of young horsemen before a race.

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Rural Naadam Festival in Lun of Tuv Province - Congregation of young horsemen before a race.

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Rural Naadam Festival in Lun of Tuv Province.

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Rural Naadam Festival in Lun of Tuv Province.

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Watching matches at the arena from horse back --- Rural Naadam Festival in Lun of Tuv Province.

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Watching matches at the arena from horse back --- Rural Naadam Festival in Lun of Tuv Province.

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Family heading to the Rural Naadam Festival in Lu

n of Tuv Province.

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Family heading to the Rural Naadam Festival in Lu

n of Tuv Province.

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Horses ready for race at the Rural Naadam Festival in Lun of Tuv Province.

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Horses ready for race at the Rural Naadam Festival in Lun of Tuv Province.

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The centre stage for the Rural Naadam Festival in Lun of Tuv Province.

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The centre stage for the Rural Naadam Festival in Lun of Tuv Province.

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Wrestling is one of the main matches during Naadam festival.

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Wrestling is one of the main matches during Naadam festival.

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Mongolians are all dressed up  and heading to the rural Naadam festival with their best horses.


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Mongolians are all dressed up  and heading to the rural Naadam festival with their best horses.


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Spectators start to take their seats prior to the opening ceremony of the National Naadam Festival 2018 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

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Spectators start to take their seats prior to the opening ceremony of the National Naadam Festival 2018 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

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Traditional dancers getting 

ready for the opening ceremony of the National Naadam Festival 2018 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

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Traditional dancers getting 

ready for the opening ceremony of the National Naadam Festival 2018 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

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Tourist dressed in Mongolian traditional outfit to participate in the opening ceremony of the National Naadam Festival 2018 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

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Tourist dressed in Mongolian traditional outfit to participate in the opening ceremony of the National Naadam Festival 2018 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

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Man dressed in traditional Mongolian outfit standing next to the ger (tent) during the opening ceremony of National Naadam Festival in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

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Man dressed in traditional Mongolian outfit standing next to the ger (tent) during the opening ceremony of National Naadam Festival in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

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Audience comprising of locals and tourists are seated early waiting for the opening ceremony of the National Naadam Festival 2018.

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Audience comprising of locals and tourists are seated early waiting for the opening ceremony of the National Naadam Festival 2018.

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Mongolian armies on horses parading around the National Sports Stadium as part of the procession during the opening ceremony of the National Naadam Festival 2018 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

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Mongolian armies on horses parading around the National Sports Stadium as part of the procession during the opening ceremony of the National Naadam Festival 2018 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

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Traditional dancers running into the centre stage to perform at the opening ceremony of the National Naadam Festival 2018 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

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Traditional dancers running into the centre stage to perform at the opening ceremony of the National Naadam Festival 2018 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

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Mongolian woman dressed in traditional costume waves to the crowd during the opening ceremony parade of the National Naadam Festival in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

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Mongolian woman dressed in traditional costume waves to the crowd during the opening ceremony parade of the National Naadam Festival in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

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The white old man, a protector deity, is one of the mask parade at the National Naadam Festival 2018 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

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The white old man, a protector deity, is one of the mask parade at the National Naadam Festival 2018 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

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Mongolian nomadic children riding on cattle waving to the crowd during the parade of National Naadam Festival in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

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Mongolian nomadic children riding on cattle waving to the crowd during the parade of National Naadam Festival in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

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Rain did not deter the crowd from full participation. Mongolians believe that rain brings good luck.

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Rain did not deter the crowd from full participation. Mongolians believe that rain brings good luck.

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Man dressed in an ancient Mongol warrior outfit waving to the crowd at the National Naadam Festival 2018 parade.

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Man dressed in an ancient Mongol warrior outfit waving to the crowd at the National Naadam Festival 2018 parade.

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