One of the greatest festivals is the traditional Nadaam festival in Mongolia. There is actually not just one but many Nadaam festivals spread across all the country. The biggest of all is the Nadaam in the capital Ulaanbaatar from the 11 till 13 July every year. During the festival there are a lot of traditional sporting events taking place at the national stadium and outside the city for the horse races.
Many people just showed up for the main festival – which is a shame since there are a lot going on in the days around the festival and the mood in the capital is very special with the locals being in a festive mindset. There are many concerts down at the main Djengis Khan square in the center of the city and other events across the city.
A highlight for me was the night of July 10 – the evening of a Deel event – which means the traditional clothings of Mongolia. In the evening many locals go down to the main square dressed in the traditional clothings of Mongolia. They looked very impressive and people are very happy to be featured in photos from the foreigners visiting during this time.
The display is one of those unique events where you can participate for free without any need for reservations or preparations. You just need to show up and take in the parade of traditionally dressed Mongolians.