Chinggis Khan (or Genghis Khan as we call him in in the west) is known to have been born around 1162. The year is an estimate…the day and month unknown. So why does Mongolia celebrate Chinggis Khan’s birthday when so much remains unclear?
It’s called National Pride Day. As a celebration it is still in its infancy – 2012 was the first year in Mongolia’s modern history that the country celebrated the event on a national level. It’s a public holiday held on the first day (new moon) of winter in the Mongolian Lunar Calendar. And for those counting, 2019 is the 857th anniversary of his birth. That’s a whole heap of candles.
* For those interested, yes, the LGBT Centre in Mongolia holds an annual Equality & Pride Day – as a way of showing the visibility of the community to the wider Mongolian public and to illustrate what they stand for. It’s typically in August.
Will there be drinking, wildness and revelry during the honouring of Chinggis Khan’s birthday? Nope. No alcohol is permitted on public holidays in Mongolia (nor election days either for those interested). So what can you do? Well, when you’re next in Mongolia why not visit the (epic) Chinggis Khan’s Equestrian Statue?
Jess @ Eternal Landscapes