Prime Minister Narendra Modi Witnesses Mongolia's Famous Naadam Festival

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Witnesses Mongolia's Famous Naadam Festival
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, dressed in traiditonal Mongol attire, tries his hand at archery.

 Prime Minister Narendra Modi today witnessed horse racing, traditional wrestling and archery at a mini Naadam festival Ulan Bator, taking time off from his hectic schedule.

Mr Modi, dressed in traditional Mongolian attire and sporting a hat, attended the festival with his Mongol counterpart Chimed Saikhanbileg.

Prime Minister Modi drove to an open area in Chinggis Khuree near the airport here and spent about an hour watching horse racing, traditional wrestling and archery.

He also tried his hand at archery.

Mongol PM Saikhanbileg also gifted a race horse to Prime Minister Modi.

The Naadam festival is also locally termed "eriin gurvan naadam" (the three games of men). The games are Mongolian wrestling, horse racing and archery and are held throughout the country during midsummer.

Women have started participating in the archery and girls in the horse-racing games, but not in Mongolian wrestling.

In 2010, Naadam was inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity of UNESCO.


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