Lonely Planet Writer

Mongolians gear up for annual Naadam festival

Preparations have begun in Mongolia for the country’s annual Naadam festival. Long queues at box offices were reported as people lined up to purchase tickets for the festival’s opening and closing ceremonies and wrestling events, to be held at the National Stadium in Ulaanbaatar.

Wrestlers saluting the Yak Tail Banners at the Naadam Festival, Mongolia.
Wrestlers saluting the Yak Tail Banners at the Naadam Festival, Mongolia. Image by Mandy / CC BY 2.0

Naadam is a three-day festival (11-13 July, 2015) celebrating the traditional Mongolian sports – wrestling, horse racing and archery. Public transportation in Ulaanbaatar will be increased on festival days, with a number of buses operating free-of-charge. In addition to the official sports events, a number of cultural programmes have also been planned to coincide with the festival, ranging from opera and theatre to DJ sets. See the official 2015 Naadam programme: ubpost.mongolnews.mn