Danshig Naadam Festival
Danshig Naadam Religious Festival
After travelling some of those Buddhist statues in Mongolia, you may have opportunity to visit the biggest Mongolian religious festival called Danshig Naadam which its first was held in 1639 for enthroning 1st Bogd Jebtsundamba Khutukhtu. The festival usually holds at the beginning of August and offers variety of cultural performances including traditional folk dance and song, performance of contortion; wrestling, archery, anklebone shooting and competitions between lamas. The main event of the festival is Tsam which is lively masked and costumed dance associated with Buddhist religion.
In Mongolia, the tsam dance was first introduced at the beginning of the 18th century from India through Tibet. Also the first tsam in Mongolia was performed in Erdene-Zuu Monastery in 1786. Main reason of Tsam performance is to subdue and purify external environment, eradicate diseases, suffering, wars, famine, and hardships and spread auspiciousness. During this Naadam, you can experience true aspects of Mongolian Buddhist religion with Naadam competition together at one place.