Nadam: A Traditional Mongolian Festival

Nadam is a traditional Mongolian activity. “Nadam” in Mongolian means “entertainment”, “game”, or “fun”. In early times, Nadam was dedicated to God of heaven and ancestors to plead for blessing, meanwhile, Mongols enjoyed themselves. “Three manly skills”, horse racing, wrestling and archery are performed in the fair. Today, “Nadam” has become the terminology of a sports activity, entertainment and commerce event in Inner Mongolia. Other competitive events have been included into the fair while the players are not limited to men.

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