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bne IntelliNews – Coronavirus cancellation of Mongolia’s Naadam deals harsh blow

Mongolia’s most important annual festival, Naadam, has been held every year for the past 800 years, but it has been laid low by the coronavirus pandemic for the second year in a row. Naadam was cancelled on July 2.

The news will come as a bitter blow for Mongolians, not just because the event is a major tourist attraction that earns the country millions of dollars a year, but mainly because it has become deeply engrained in the country’s culture. The first Naadam was commissioned in 1206 by Genghis Khan. The festival has been held almost every year ever since. Mongolians from across the country travel to the capital of Ulaanbaatar to celebrate, meet relatives and compete in the “Three Manly Games.”

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