Eagle hunters from the great Altai mountains visited UB

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2018-03-06 18:41 GMT+8

Originated in the Central Asia 6000 years ago, falconry is a tradition of Kazakh people who train golden eagles for hunting. This tradition is passed to generations till now. Golden eagles are trained at the age of 1-4 and released into nature at the age of 5-6. It encourages breeding and increasing its population.

The first Golden Eagle Festival was held in the fall of 2000 in Bayan-Ulgii province. The chief idea was to promote this ancient art of hunting with eagles among younger generations of the Kazakhs so that the tradition would be kept alive to the future generations. Over the years, it has become one of the most popular events in Mongolia drawing attention of both the locals and the foreign travelers.

In winter, many events are organized such as Eagle festival, Steppe horses festival, Ulaanbaatar winter festival, Khukh suwd ice festival and Camel festival to develop winter tourism and increase the flow of tourists in the low season.

Most skilled 20 eagle hunters from Bayan-Ulgii province attended “Spring Golden eagle” festival on 4-5th of March, 2018. There were eagle hunters from 14 year old girl to 88 year old elder. One of the three girls participated in the festival, was N.Aisholpan who became famous for ‘Eagle Huntress’ film and promoting Mongolia to the world.

For two days, Kazakhs competed to show off whose eagle is the most skilled at catching prey and following the command of their owners. The festival began with a parade of hunters holding their eagles marching with their horses. The best eagle hunter award went to B.Baitei from Ulaankhus soum who trained eagle for 75 years. B.Khaiziim and his fellow friend won the award for best traditional costume and “eagle costume” award.

Many local and foreign tourists, representatives of Embassies in Mongolia, residents of Ulaanbaatar with their families and colleagues attended this event. In winter, many events are organized such as Eagle festival, Steppe horses festival, Ulaanbaatar winter festival, Khukh suwd ice festival and Camel festival to develop winter tourism and increase the flow of tourists in the low season.

Since Eagle festival started to held, tradition of falconry is becaming widely known internationally. Falconry was inscribed in the Convention for the safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage under UNESCO in November of 2010. It is the approval of recognizing Mongolian culture in the world.

Preparеd by Ulaanbaatar City Touirsm Department

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