Naadam celebrated abroad

In Hungary
On July 10, a Naadam Festival took place in Budapest, Hungary among Mongolians who are staying there.
Mongolia’s Ambassador to Hungary O. Erdenechimeg gave an opening speech and extended a greeting to Mongolians. Among Mongolians, wrestling, archery, anklebone shooting and Mongolian songs contests were organized. The wrestling involved 22 Mongolians , of whom O. Khuyagbaatar became the winner for the second time, while Altansukh won the ankle bone shooting, and Osokhbayar took the first place in the archery contest. During the festival, Mongolian dishes were offered to Hungarians and foreign guests.

In Switzerland 

A Naadam Festival was also organized on July 10 in Geneva, Switzerland by Mongolian Students and Youths under the support of the Society of Switzerland and Mongolia and the Embassy of Mongolia in Switzerland


D. Batmonkh, Charge D’Affairs of Mongolia to Switzerland opened the festival that was organized for the purpose to celebrate together, held contacts between Mongolians staying far away from their native country and publicize national traditions to foreigners. The Naadam brought together some 200 Mongolians from Geneva city, France, Austria and other European countries. They joyfully organized national wrestling, sumo, and basketball competitions along with performance of folk culture and classic music.

In South Korea

On July 11, the Naadam Festival was organized on the square of the Yensei University in Seoul under an initiative of the Mongolian Embassy and in collaboration with the Employment and Labor Ministry of the Republic of Korea, the Department of Industry and Human Resource, the KOMEX Society, and the Honorary Consulate of Mongolia.
After hearing the video-greeting by President Ts. Elbegdorj about the Naadam Festival, Mongolia’s Ambassador D. Gerel delivered a speech at the opening and the national anthem was harmonized. High-level, S.Korean officials from the Ministry of Employment and Labor extended congratulations to Mongolians. National wrestling, archery, ankle bone shooting and basketball competitions were organized and a folk art group gave a concert. About 5,000 Mongolians staying in South Korea participated in this festival which is being organized within the frame of the 20th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Mongolia and the Republic of Korea. The event was organized in a friendly and warm atmosphere and was broadcast by three TV channels and media agencies such as ‘Arirang’ TV.


In Australia
July 12, 2001 was the 804-year anniversary of Great Mongolia, and the National Holiday for the 89th anniversary of the popular Mongolian revolution. To mark this occasion, Ts. Jambaldorj, the Ambassador of Mongolia to Australia held a reception at his Embassy for top Australian State and government authorities, the diplomatic corps in Canberra, the Australian firms and companies, NGO representatives, and Mongolian citizens. Present at the reception were more than 100 representatives, including A.Planket, the chief of the Protocol service of the Foreign affairs and Trade Department, G.Fletcher, the Director of the North Asian Office, J.Tompson, Chief of the Sino- Mongolian department, P.Slown, the Sidney-centered Mongolian resident consul, heads of the diplomatic corps at Canberra, the representatives of the foreign relations service of the Australian Parliament, the Australian International Relations Office, of the foreign trade agency, of the capital city governing house, the Australian firms and companies maintaining cooperation with Mongolia, the representatives of the “Mongolian Union in Australia” and the Mongolians working and studying in Sidney and Canberra. Opening the reception, Ambassador Ts.Jambaldorj briefed the guests about Naadam, the Mongolian National Holiday, and served traditional Mongolian foods

source: The Mongol Messenger - MONGOLIA’S FIRST ENGLISH WEEKLY PUBLISHED BY MONTSAME NEWS AGENCY
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