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Published on : Monday, November 25, 2013
Independence Day in Mongolia is an official public holiday and is held on November 26th. The day marks the creation of the Mongolian constitution as well. In 1992 a new constitution was established and the ‘People’s Republic’ was dropped from the name. However this day is still celebrated as a reminder of life under the shadow of the Soviet Union. In 1920 the Russians invaded Mongolia and liberated them from occupation by the newly formed Republic of China. To eliminate any future Chinese threat from the Russian border, it was decided to install an independent communist Mongolian government on 11th July 1921. This is now celebrated by the Naadam festival, 11th to 13th July each year. This is the biggest festival in Mongolia, at which, contestants participate in the three manly sports of wrestling, archery and horse riding.
The Mongolian national flag was adopted in January 1992, and it was first hoisted in February 1992. The flag is emblem of Mongolian sovereignty, and it comprises of three vertical bands-red, blue, red.
November 26 is also a national holiday in Mongolia, and is often marked by speeches and tribute to the founder of the nation, Chinggis Khan, by the top government officials. Traditional music, dance, and ceremonial events (hand to hand combating, rifle fighting) displaying military valor commemorate this day. Traditional sporting events like archery, horseback racing and wrestling are the other festivities along with military parades.
Mongolia is one of the most amazing travel destinations in the world today. It presents one the greatest perfect continuous tracts of wilderness on the planet, with pristine rivers, lakes and thriving wildlife. Almost half of Mongolia’s population lives a nomadic lifestyle, moving their homes called Gers, as they travel with their livestock.