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Mongolia, the national sports festival is called Naadam, and is a traditional display of strength, horsemanship and marksmanship. The Three Games of Men are wrestling, archery and horseracing, rooted in the mists of antiquity yet continuing to be very popular among the Mongolians today.Β In the 12th-13th centuries, military festivals were common, when men tried their strength and their steed’s agility. From the 17th century, Naadam contests were held regularly on religious holidays.Β Since 1922, they have been held on the anniversary of the People’s Revolution of Mongolia.Β The opening ceremony of Naadam is very bright and many locals as well as visitors attend the event.

(Source: Mongol messenger)

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