Monday, July 11, 2011

celebrate Naadam

July 11 marks the start of the traditional Mongolian festival Naadam. Naadam involves contests in Mongolian wrestling, horse racing, and archery. Unfortunately, even here in Rosslyn, a world-leading center of Mongolian culture, equipment for celebrating Naadam is rather lacking. 

Nonetheless, an improvised sort of Mongolian horse racing is possible right in this area.  Unlike modern Western horse racing, horse racing in Naadam is a long-distance, off-track event.  In short, it's quite similar to cyclocross.  So get on your horse and gallop across the nearest grassland.

(video embedded above; it you don't see it, go to the Ode Street Tribune home site)

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