Nadam Fair

Nadam (Naadam) Fair, or Naadam Festival is a folk festival of the Mongolian ethnic group. In Mongolian, "Nadam" means "recreation/play" or "entertainment." It is said that Genghis Khan, a Mongolian monarch who succeeded in 1209 in conquering vast swathes of Asia and establishing a unified regime, held "Nadam" regularly to keep his soldiers fit and happy. Seven hundred years later, Nadam has grown into the most famous traditional festival in the region.

 Wrestling, archery and horseracing are the three main sporting attractions. Rooted in the midst of antiquity, the tree event once served as official tests, male courage and expertise. They maintain a similar function today, and are extremely popular among Mongolian men living on the grasslands.

 The festival usually takes place during the period from May to June and lasts about 10 days. And the opening date of the 2012 Nadam Fair was in July 16.

 Two men performed wrestle during the Nadam Fair in West Ujimqin Banner, north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, July 18, 2012.

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