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Naadam 2014

posted Jul 6, 2014, 7:10 AM by MCO UM   [ updated Jul 7, 2014, 10:16 AM ]
We successfully organized Naadam 2014 at Lilie  Park, Ann Arbor in July 5th. Naadam is a traditional summer festival in Mongolia. It is a three day long festival, and highlights the greatest athletes in horse racing, archery, and wrestling. 
                      Tuva, Kyzyl, referee watching Khuresh wrestling at Naadam Festival

Although we, Michigan Mongolians do not have horses to race and archers to shoot "sur" (targets used for Mongolian archers), we picked out the winner of "shagai harvaa" (Shooting ankle bones), one of the Mongolian traditional games played during Naadam festival. 

          A young shooter Daniel was the most talented one among us. The way he flicks the deer horn puck, and he closes his one eye resembled a professional Mongolian
Shagai Shooter. 
The targets are shagai, sheep ankle bones. 
Ladies are as good shooters as guys

Of course, Naadam is meaningless without Huushuur, beef (or potato for vegetarians) stuffed deep fried meal. 

Mongolian Knowledge trivia, known as AXA in Mongolia, among non-Mongolian heroes. 
William Geiger was the last one who knew all the answers. Unfortunately, he stumbled on the last CHAMPION question "What is the largest ethnic group in Mongolia". The answer was of course, 
Khalkh Mongol. Anyways, congratulations Will.
It is a picnic, specially with Mongolians!!! There must be lots of funnnnnn. 

And beautiful, handsome people with Mongolian traditional costume
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