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The Nomads' Day festival

The Nomads Day FestivalThe Nomads Day Festival starts on the 17th of September - the most blessed day of the Mongolian nomads, in Gun-Galuut Nature Reserve of Mongolia. This is one of the most exciting cultural festivals of Mongolia and is the only eveny revives the traditional Mongolian nomadic culture and contributes a great fo this unique culture heritage, Therefore, this event was approved by the Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism of Mongolia as an official tourism even and hold annually. 
DATE: "The Nomads Day" Festival is annually held on 17-18 September
VENUE: This wonderful festival takes place at "Steppe Nomads" tourist camp in the land of the rarewildlife "Gun-Galuut" nature reserve in the Bayandelger sum of Tuv province. The Reserve is 130 km to from Ulaanbaatar in the south east. View the map here

Nomads' Day Festival Program 2019


Opening ceremony of the Nomads' Day FestivalOpening ceremony of the "Nomads' Day" Festival.
As the Nomads' Day Festival is an official tourism event of mongolia, represantaives from the Ministry of Road, Transport and Tourism of Mongolia, Governor Office of Tuv Province and Governor of Bayandelger sum as well as Selena Travel officials take part in the fantastic event. Represantatives give addresses and open the event. Domestic and international media delegates also take part to report the festival.

"The Nomads Day- competition among the local nomads.
Local nomadic groups will proudly demonstrate the major 10 customs of nomadic lifestyle to the visitors as a competition. Each group consists of 5 members: 2 men, 2 ladies and a child aged between 6-10. The tasks include loading gers on yak cart, camel or other means of nomadic transport, assembling the ger in the shortest time (Min 21 minutes), placing furnitures in the gers and make milky tea (Min 3 minutes) and treat the visitors with it, guys grabbing lasso from the ground while galloping at full speed on horseback, catching horses and taming them, kids competing with their mental capacities playing nomadic games and many more. The visitors truly enjoy this spectacular competition.
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“Metropolitan guyscompetition between the tourists.
The visitors compete in groups and do different nomadic customs like disassembling a ger in the shortest time, making milky tea and many more. This competition leaves the tourists with a lifetime beautiful memories providing them with the opportunity to experience nomadic way of life and Mongolian culture by doing nomads' everyday works themselves. 
"Melodies from the Steppes" folklore competition
Local Mongol nomads & their little children will be happy to present the wonders of Mongolian traditional folklore to the visitors. They compete in groups and each group is given 15 minutes and perform according to the confirmed tasks. The concert includes: the inspiring throat singing, beautiful traditional dances, traditional Mongolian long and short songs, the incredible contortionism, beautiful Mongolian and world classic music by traditional musical instruments like the Horse Head Fiddle, Harp, Flute and many more to enjoy.
"Smiles of Mongolia" Contest of beautiful rider couples.
This contest allows the tourists to see the beauty of the Mongol people, their extensive knowledge on their history, nomadic traditions and lifestyle, their marvelous traditional costume. Couples have to be aged between 18-32. Each couple has to do several tasks like guys count the "32 white bottles", girls make small embroidery, both answer questions about Mongolian history, religion and culture. Also each couple has to ride the same colors of horses, similar color of costumes as a tradition and they collect 1/3 of their points for their physical appearance. 
"Shuvuun Saaral" Mini Naadam Festival
The nomads will be happy to share their most regarded celebration "Naadam" with the visitors. The visitors will witness the fantastic 3 games of Mongols so called "Three Manly Games: Horse racing, Archery and Wrestling" and admire their strength and skills. Horse racing: 6 year old horses will compete and the racing distance is 20km. 16 wrestlers and 6 male and 4 female archers will compete individually and in groups. Men shoot for 75m and ladies shoot for 65 m each using 40 arrows. 
"Delicacies for Chinggis" gala dinner - bon fire party
Participants will enjoy the best of nomadic traditional cuisine enriched with some Western tastes.They have the opportunity to see the preparation of nomadic dishes while learning the Mongolian traditional celebrations and festivities. Various types of steppe beverages will make your evening more joyful!
Selena Travel is happy to offer you the a special 10-day tour pairing the
 Nomad's Day Festival with the Gobi desert. You can choose from them according to your interests and needs. Should you need further assistance on adjusting the tours or need more tour options please contact us at [email protected]
Can't make it in September? Check out our other Cultural Tours
You can book the festival ticket separately too!
Tickets for 2 days at 80 USD Book now!
  • Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism 
  • Governor Office of Bayandelger sum
Contact telephone: (+976) 7018-3499 or (+976) 9134 3498 (English speaking staff)

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