Naadam, The Three Games of Men

Naadam is a traditional type of festival held in mid-July in Mongolia. The festival is also locally termed "the three games of men". The games are Mongolian wrestling, horse racing and archery and are held throughout the country during the midsummer holidays. Women have started participating in the archery and girls in the horse-racing games, but not in Mongolian wrestling.
In 2010, Naadam was inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity of UNESCO. [30 photos total]

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A Mongolian woman discharges an arrow from a bow at an archery competition during the Naadam Festival in Ulan Bator, Mongolia Wednesday, July 11, 2012. Mongolians celebrate the anniversary of Genghis Khan's march to world conquest on July 11 with the annual sports festival featuring traditional Mongolian events including wrestling, archery, and horse racing. (AP / Andy Wong) #
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A Mongolian horseman holds a national flag as he waits for children jockeys take part in a horse racing competition during the second day of the Naadam Festival in Khui Doloon Khudag, on the outskirts of Ulan Bator, Mongolia, Thursday, July 12, 2012. (AP / Andy Wong) #
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Mongolian child jockeys compete in a horse racing competition during the second day of the Naadam Festival held in Khui Doloon Khudag, on the outskirts of Ulan Bator, Mongolia, Thursday, July 12, 2012. (AP / Andy Wong) #
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Mongolian child jockeys compete in a horse racing competition during the second day of the Naadam Festival held in Khui Doloon Khudag, on the outskirts of Ulan Bator, Mongolia, Thursday, July 12, 2012. (AP / Andy Wong) #
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A Mongolian man discharges an arrow from a bow at an archery competition during the Naadam Festival in Ulan Bator, Mongolia Wednesday, July 11, 2012. (AP / Andy Wong) #
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Mongolian women take part in an archery competition during the Naadam Festival in Ulan Bator, Mongolia Wednesday, July 11, 2012. (AP / Andy Wong) #
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Mongolian archers work out ahead of an archery competition during the Naadam Festival in Ulan Bator, Mongolia Wednesday, July 11, 2012. (AP / Andy Wong) #
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Mongolian men take part in a traditional archery competition during the Naadam Festival in Ulan Bator, Mongolia Wednesday, July 11, 2012. (AP / Andy Wong) #
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A Mongolian man checks an arrow before a traditional archery competition at the Naadam Festival in Ulan Bator, Mongolia Wednesday, July 11, 2012. (AP / Andy Wong) #
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Mongolian wrestlers compete at a traditional wrestling competition during the Naadam Festival in Ulan Bator, Mongolia Wednesday, July 11, 2012. (AP / Andy Wong) #
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Mongolian wrestlers warm up near a member of guard of honor during the Naadam Festival in Ulan Bator, Mongolia Wednesday, July 11, 2012. (AP / Andy Wong) #
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A Mongolian boy in costume runs past a member of guard of honor during the Naadam Festival in Ulan Bator, Mongolia Wednesday, July 11, 2012. (AP / Andy Wong) #
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Mongolian honor guards march during the Naadam Festival opening ceremony in Ulan Bator, Mongolia Wednesday, July 11, 2012. (AP / Andy Wong) #
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Mongolian honor guards on horseback perform during the Naadam Festival opening ceremony in Ulan Bator, Mongolia Wednesday, July 11, 2012. (AP / Andy Wong) #
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A Mongolian artist in a traditional dress sings a song during the Naadam Festival opening ceremony in Ulan Bator, Mongolia Wednesday, July 11, 2012. (AP / Andy Wong) #
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Mongolians in traditional costume perform during the Naadam Festival in Ulan Bator, Mongolia Wednesday, July 11, 2012. (AP / Andy Wong) #
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A Mongolian child in a traditional costume arrives at the Naadam Festival in Ulan Bator, Mongolia Wednesday, July 11, 2012. (AP / Andy Wong) #
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Mongolian children jockeys compete in a horse racing competition during the Naadam Festival in Khui Doloon Khudag, on the outskirts of Ulan Bator, Mongolia Tuesday, July 10, 2012. (AP / Andy Wong) #
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Mongolian children jockeys compete in a horse racing competition during the Naadam Festival in Khui Doloon Khudag, on the outskirts of Ulan Bator, Mongolia Tuesday, July 10, 2012. (AP / Andy Wong) #
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A vehicle with a Mongolian national flag leads young jockeys at a horse racing competition during the Naadam Festival in Khui Doloon Khudag, on the outskirts of Ulan Bator, Mongolia Tuesday, July 10, 2012. (AP / Andy Wong) #
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A Mongolian man takes a nap next to a military officer as others watch a rehearsal of a military parade during the Naadam Festival on the Sukhbaatar Square in Ulan Bator, Mongolia, Monday, July 9, 2012. (AP / Andy Wong) #
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Mongolian soldiers take part in a rehearsal for a military parade during the Naadam Festival in front of Parliament on the Sukhbaatar Square in Ulan Bator, Mongolia, Monday, July 9, 2012. (AP / Andy Wong) #
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A Mongolian military officer checks that his soldiers are standing in formation as they rehearse for a military parade for the Naadam Festival at Sukhbaatar Square in Ulan Bator, Mongolia Monday, July 9, 2012. (AP / Andy Wong) #
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Mongolian soldiers march past honor guards during a rehearsal for a military parade during the Naadam Festival in front of Parliament on the Sukhbaatar Square in Ulan Bator, Mongolia, Monday, July 9, 2012. (AP / Andy Wong) #
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Mongolian soldiers cheer as they march past Parliament House while rehearsing for a military parade for the Naadam Festival at Sukhbaatar Square in Ulan Bator, Mongolia Monday, July 9, 2012. (AP / Andy Wong) #
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Mongolia's honor of guards march in formation during a rehearsal for a military parade at the Naadam Festival on the Sukhbaatar Square in Ulan Bator, Mongolia, Monday, July 9, 2012. (AP / Andy Wong) #
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A Mongolian military officer yawns as she and others march at Sukhbaatar Square during a rehearsal of a military parade for the Naadam Festival in Ulan Bator, Mongolia Monday, July 9, 2012. (AP / Andy Wong) #
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A Mongolian child uses binoculars to look at soldiers rehearsing for a military parade for the Naadam Festival at Sukhbaatar Square in Ulan Bator, Mongolia Monday, July 9, 2012. (AP / Andy Wong) #
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A honor guard stands as soldiers march during a rehearsal for a military parade at the Naadam Festival on the Sukhbaatar Square in Ulan Bator, Mongolia, Monday, July 9, 2012. (AP / Andy Wong) #
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Mongolia's honor guards prepare their national flags during a rehearsal for a military parade at the Naadam Festival in front of Parliament on the ground of Sukhbaatar Square in Ulan Bator, Mongolia, Monday, July 9, 2012. (AP / Andy Wong) #

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