3. EVENTS, HOLIDAYS & FESTIVALS

EAGLE HUNTERS - FESTIVAL

Organizer: Since 1999 every year, the festival is organized continually.
Date: 2nd, 3rd, 4th October of 2015
Venue: “Sayat Tolgoi” Bugat soum, Bayan-Ulgii aimag
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Eagle Festival is annually held in October in Bayan-Ulgii Province. During the festival, Kazakh eagle hunters (Burkitshi) celebrate their heritage and compete to catch small animals such as foxes and hares with specially trained golden eagles, showing off their skills both of the birds and their trainers. In order to promote the winter tourism, the Eagle Festival has been held 9 times in Ulaanbaatar city and particular number of Kazakh eagle hunters bring their trained eagles to the city with the purpose of showing the eagle hunting, peculiar traditions and lifestyle of the Kazakh people.




1st Day:  09:00-17:00 Expo of the companies, organizations and NGO-s working on tourism.


2nd Day:

  • 09:00-10:00 Registration of the eagle hunters and handing mandates
  • 10:00- 10:30 Opening ceremony of the festival
  • 10:30- 13:00 Contest of the eagles, eagle hunters and horse harnesses
  • 10:30- 13:00 Horse racing
  • 13:00- 14:00 Lunch break
  • 14:00- 16:00 Contest of the eagle hunters- how they accustomed their eagles to themselves
  • 16:00- 18:00 Contest on “Tenge Ilu” game (pick up coins from the land on horseback)
  • 14:00- 17:00 “Uriankhai” Archery
  • 10:00- 16:00 Contest of the best Kazakh National dressed couple and award
  • 20:00- 21:30 Gala concert in the Theatre

3rd Day:

  • 10:00-13:00 Contest of “Shirga Tartu” or how eagle hunters trained their eagles to hunt
  • 10:00-13:00 Camel racing
  • 11:00-12:00 National performance “Kyz Kuar”
  • 13:00-14:00 Lunch break
  • 14:00-16:00 Contest of traditional game “Kukbar”
  • 16:00-17:00 Award ceremony for the winners
  • 17:00-17:30 Closing ceremony of the festival