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/MONTSAME/. The Mongolian Camel Festival is a spectacular winter event that attracts numerous tourists to Uvurkhangai aimag, Mongolia.

This year, the “Camel Festival – 2023” was organized in Arvaikheer soum of the Uvurkhangai aimag on December 1, 2023, with an aim to instill pride among Mongolians in the camel, the jewel of Mongolian nomadic heritage, enhance the benefits derived from camels, foster awareness among the younger Mongolian generation about their unique heritage, and train the next generation of true camel herders.

After a hiatus of two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Camel Festival made a triumphant return, drawing participation from approximately 200 camel herders from Uvurkhangai, Umnogobi, Dundgobi, Bayankhongor and Gobi-Altai aimags, each bringing their own marvelous friend.  

At the heart of the Mongol Gobi, the “Camel Festival – 2023” featured various camel-centric games and competitions such as camel races for castrated camels, three- to five-year-old male camels, and two-year-old camels, a 4×500 meter short-distance race, a knuckle-bone grabbing competition from humps of the camel, and selection of the “Best Couple on the Camel” and “Best Male and Female Camels.”