The Empire Strikes Back

If you attend only one Naadam in your lifetime, this should be the year. In ordinary times, Naadam (the word means "festival") is the most important event on the Mongolian calendar and an occasion when people participate in traditional games and feasting. But this year's[an error occurred while processing this directive] celebrations, held on July 11 and 12, are being staged on a much grander scale in commemoration of the 800th anniversary of the founding of Genghis Khan's Mongol empire. Though festivities are organized all over the country, the biggest take place in the capital, Ulan Bator.

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