What is the origin of the Mongolian festival, which was traditionally held by the Huns?

Our Mongolian Games will be proud of the southern countries, and we will be proud of our grassy green stage.

The Mongolian National Festival is a witness to the great history of the Mongolian people with ancient traditions.

The Huns used to organize festivals to unite the many scattered tribes and improve the fighting skills of their soldiers, and since then, the Mongols have been celebrating the three male festivals.

Modern researchers believe that the Mongolian festival originated in the 1st-2nd century BC, when the unified state of the Hun dynasty was established. Because it is inevitable that a man needs these three skills to protect his land and country.

For example, while riding a horse, you can kill your enemy with a bow and arrow. However, it is recorded in historical sources that if you want to enter hand-to-hand combat without a sword, you need to use wrestling tricks. In this way, there were three festivals of men, which are a collection of rituals, customs, and academic skills. In 2015, the Mongolian Festival was registered in the list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. 

Also, in 1696, during the big danshig festival in Dolonnuur, the song "Tumen eh" was composed, which became the anthem of the Mongolian festival. When children's songs fill the air, and the dust of golden turbans paint the sky and the ground, every Mongolian's soul is filled with admiration.

We have a great history of the great emperor Genghis Khan, who crossed the vast plains and mountains with the power of his horse and stamped the world with agate hooves, establishing the Mongolian Empire. Horse racing is one of the forms of Mongolian festivals and weddings. Animal husbandry has been the main industry since ancient times, so the life of a herdsman in the vast countryside is unimaginable without horses.

The fastest horses are selected from among the horses, they are fed and brushed many days in advance, they are tested by galloping every day, and then they race on unprepared field roads of about 10-30 kilometers according to the distance of the terrain, which is divided by age. There is no other horse race in the world that has the characteristic of running 20-30 kilometers until the last breath is exhausted.

In the 13th century, in addition to the fiddle, every home had a bow and arrow. Every man had a bow, and every woman could also shoot. Archery developed from the early development of the bow and arrow, aiming at the longest possible distance, killing the enemy, and finding large prey in the game. In the history of the Mongolian military, the longest shooter was Genghis Khan's grandson Yesugen, who shot 330 yards, approximately 520 meters.

The mighty men, dressed in colorful sacks with the pattern of a tent, compete in their tricks on the grassy green stage of the festival, and entertain the large crowd of the state festival. One of the unique features of Mongolian wrestling is its uniform. In the Mongolian folk epic "Eryin Zain Khan Harangui", it is mentioned that the sacks made from the skin of a boar and the skin of a bull are evidences that the sacks were made from the skin of some powerful animal.

Enjoy the only Mongolian festival in the world until Denj city.

Sources: www.montsame.mn www.wikipedia.org www.mnb.mn www.24tsag.mn

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