How Mongolia’s Traditional Naadam Festival Is Becoming More International

The Diplomat,
19 July 2023, Mongolia

Every summer, from July 11 to 15, Mongolians wear their traditional clothes, deel, unite with their families and friends, and celebrate the summer festival, Naadam. In the last decade, Mongolia’s Naadam celebration has modernized, grown, and became more international. 

Traditionally, the Naadam Festival symbolizes Mongolia’s independence, sovereignty, national unity, statehood, history, culture, heritage, and customs. Therefore, Naadam is highly regulated even as it is celebrated throughout the country. Each of the 21 provinces of Mongolia organizes distinct Naadam festivals.