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Chinggis Khan’s Birthday

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?

A close up of the Genghis Khan Equestrian Statue at Tsonjin Boldog in Mongolia. A perfect location for a visit on Chinggis Khan's birthday!

The monumental 131 ft high Chinggis Khan Equestrian Statue at Tsonjin Boldog

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.

On National Pride Day, the president, speaker of Parliament, prime minister, and key representatives from the government, the military, sports, arts, and herders pay tribute to the statue of Chinggis Khan in central Sukhbaatar Square in Ulaanbaatar. The Chinggis Khaan Order is also given – an award honouring the most outstanding national figures who have contributed greatly to the development of Mongolia.  Recipients include Naidangiin Tüvshinbayar – a Mongolian judoka and 2008 Olympic Champion, the Baritone opera singer Ariunbaatar Ganbaatar who won the coveted Song prize at BBC Cardiff Singer of the World and first prize at the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition and Mend-Ooyo Gombojav – a Mongolian writer, poet and calligraphist. In 2019 the rock group The Hu will be the recipients.

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?

The Chinggis Khan Equestrian Statue in Mongolia. Why not visit on Chinggis Khan's birthday?

Jess @ Eternal Landscapes

Jessica Brooks
Jessica Brooks
I’m Jess Brooks. I am the founder of Eternal Landscapes Mongolia - a registered Mongolian business and social travel enterprise that focuses on providing travellers with a real 21st Century insight into Mongolia. I have been based in Mongolia since 2006 and together with my beloved Mongolian team, we focus on tourism that makes a positive difference. I'm also a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society - awarded for my work in Mongolia and a published guidebook author - having worked together with World Adventure Guides to produce a digital interactive guide to Mongolia. http://www.jessbrooks.co.uk/
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