Mongolia’s infamous horse, once thought to be descendent of the primitive and wild Przewalski breed, but now known to be its own ancient breed, services Mongolia’s population to this day, surpassing its own citizen population with an impressive number of around 3.5 million horses.The small and pony-­‐like appearance is deceitful; in fact, the horse’s strength and tenacity is a symbol of Mongolia’s history, it’s conquests, and the development of its empire in the thirteenth century.However, the Mongolian horse’s impressive [...]

Eagle festival

The Eagle festival, or Golden Eagle festival, is an annual traditional festival held in Bayan-Ölgii aimag, Mongolia.In the eagle festival, Kazakh eagle hunters (Burkitshi) celebrate their heritage and compete to catch small animals such as foxes and hares with specially trained golden eagles, showing off the skills both of the birds and their trainers. Prizes are awarded for speed, agility and accuracy, as well as for the best traditional Kazakh dress, and more. The Eagle Festival is held during the [...]

Naadam Festival

Naadam is the most widely watched festival among Mongols, and is believed to have existed for centuries in one fashion or another. Naadam has its origin in the activities, such as military parades and sporting competitions such as archery, horse riding and wrestling, that followed the celebration of various occasions, including weddings or spiritual gatherings. It later served as a way to train soldiers for battle. The three games of wrestling, horse racing and archery had been recorded in [...]