THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT OF MONGOLIA, PUBLIC RELATIONS & COMMUNICATIONS DIVISION

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2014-07-11




SPEECH BY PRESIDENT OF MONGOLIA HIS EXCELLENCY MR.TSAKHIAGIIN ELBEGDORJ AT THE OPENING OF THE NATIONAL FESTIVITY NAADAM




My fellow countrymen Mongolians,
Dear guests and friends from afar and near,
Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

At this auspicious rostrum of confluence of the glorious past, assiduous present and prosperous future, the hearth of Mongol Naadam and the heart of our beautiful country, the capital Ulaanbaatar, I convey my hearty greetings for a joyous Naadam, the Great National Festivity, to all my fellow Mongolians throughout our vast motherland.

The delightful season of bloom has come to our beautiful lands of blue skies, high mountains, vast steppes, sand dunes and crystal clean waters.

The Mongol Naadam is starting at every part of our country, full of vigor, bliss and joy.

The Great National Festivity, the Naadam, is the innate treasure of the Mongol people, which embodies our glorious history, cherished dreams and collective power. The Mongol Naadam attests, through time, that the accuracy of aim of the arrow, speed and stamina of the horses and the strength and clout of the fine men of our fathers and forefathers, who upheld good governance, rule of law and order in the world, remain as firm and sustained as ever.

Naadam starts rendering every Mongolian a splendor and pride for our culture and traditions and entertaining a happy talk for further prosperity and wellbeing. At this momentous hour, I convey my heartfelt wishes for success and happiness to my fellow Mongolians, near and far both in Mongolia and abroad.

Before the State White Banner, the sanctity of the Mongol State, I wish the arrows of our bows be sharp and straight, our horses – fast and light, our wrestlers – strong and deft, and the anklebone shoots – accurate.

I reiterate the call to my people I made recently. Dear Mongolians, let us ride our horses. Let us take pride in and further deepen our unique traditions and culture of riding horses. Let us honor our horses for a horse is a Mongol man’s delight of any season and a friend in any storm. A horse, indeed, a fortune bestowed upon the Mongol people.

At this juncture, I declare open the Mongol Naadam, the millennia-old great pride and delight of the Mongol people.

Have a Naadam filled with vim and vigor.

July 11, 2014