Spring Eagle Festival to take place in March
The Ulaanbaatar city Tourism Department, Ulaanbaatar Tourism Association, and Mongolian Eagle Hunter's Association will jointly organize the Spring Eagle Festival in the beginning of March.
The Ulaanbaatar city Tourism Department, Ulaanbaatar Tourism Association, and Mongolian Eagle Hunter's Association will jointly organize the Spring Eagle Festival in the beginning of March at ‘Chinggisiin Khuree’ tour camp which is located in 25 km from Ulaanbaatar. The official Golden Eagle Festival is arranged during the first week of October every year in the most western - and most remote province of Mongolia, Bayan-Ulgii. This province is home to ethnic Kazakh nomads who train Golden Eagles for hunting. The Eagle Festival aims at reviving eagle hunting customs and traditions of Kazakh people, inheriting the culture of hunting with eagle into young generation, publicizing this tradition to tourists and making it a tourism product. For this year’s spring Eagle Festival, more than 20 eagle hunters all over Bayan-Ulgii province will be selected and brought to the city to attend the festival, competing to show off whose eagle is the most skilled at catching prey and following the command of their owners. Traditionally, the festival is organized as a competition. Participants of a competition wear their traditional clothes, sit their trained eagle on their arms and enter the festival field riding horses. The festival participants will compete for awards of Best Turned Out Eagle and Owner, Best Eagle at Hunting Prey and Best Eagle at locating its owner from a distance, dressed in full eagle hunting regalia and mounted on groomed decorated horses and tug of war on horseback. This unique tradition of eagle hunting which came into central Asia 6000 years ago has been one of the main products of tourism. The number of foreign and domestic visitors has been increasing year by year and is being held twice a year-spring and autumn in Mongolia. In 2010, UNESCO inscribed the practice of eagle hunting also known as Falconry to its Representative List of the Intangible Heritage of Humanity.