The grassland festival takes place over six weeks in the summer. In 2013 it is earlier, but sometimes it runs mid-August to the end of September.
The festival dates back to the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368), and may even have been held prior to that, since the first written record wasn’t made until the Yuan reign.
It was Genghis Khan who made wrestling a national sport in Nei Mongol, as the province is known in China, as a way to keep his army strong.
The word "naadam" means entertainment in the Mongol language; the festival’s full name is Eriyn Gurvan Naadam, which translates as "three manly games", which were horse racing, archery, and wrestling, events that still take place today.
The festival celebrates the end of the harvest season, giving the Mongols a chance to relax and have some fun. Festival activities include traditional folk songs and dancing, as well as exhibitions, trade talks and lots of eating and drinking of traditional Mongolian food and liquors.
The grassland is dotted with yurts that people erect to live in during the festival.
Questions and Answers About Naadam Grassland Festival Celebrates Centuries of Tradition
Hello, is Naadam held on a certain day or is it randomly held each year? I would like to see Naadam this summer. Any ideas?
Naadam will be held from Jul. 11 to Jul. 13. The exact address is not arranged. Lussie Lu replied on 2014-06-06
Joseph Jiang 2013-04-07
Miss Zhou , regarding my visit to Inner Mongolia... if I visit Inner Mongolia in early August will I still be able to witness any of the Naadam festival activities.Looking forward to your reply.Thanks. Jiang
The festival will be held in middle of July this year and it will last about five days, so I think it is difficult for you to experience this event. Lussie Lu replied on 2013-04-07
Joseph Jiang 2013-01-01
Miss Zhou,Hi, I am planning a visit to Inner Mongolia. In addition to seeing the attractions I am also interested in the Naddam.Kindly advise the best time for the trip.Thanks.Jiang
Dear Mr. Jiang,
I checked on line, the festival will be held on Jul.11-13 in 2013, so you could visit there during that period. Lussie Lu replied on 2013-01-01