Naadam is a yearly festival celebrated in Mongolia during summer, often in the month of July. While the main celebrations are in the country's capital, Ulaanbaatar, many other parts of the landlocked country hold their own festival as well. Competitors take part in three main games, archery, horse racing and wrestling, known as the 'three games of men'. While the games were originally only for male participants, female categories have now been included in archery and horse racing. In horse racing, children as young as seven years of age lead their horses across the steppes, over various distances, depending on the race category. This festival attracts Mongolians from all over the country and is very popular with tourists too.
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