CAMEL FESTIVAL

The Camel Festival is one of the biggest winter festivals in Mongolia that has been organized since 1997. The festival organized annually involves contests of camel polo, camel riding, best-trained camels and more. The event promotes and awards the finest local handcrafted camel riding equipment, tools, wool, and dairy products that are for sale.

The main aim of the Camel Festival is to protect and preserve Bactrian camel population, which has been steadily declining over the past decades. One of the sumptuous and unique inhabitants from The Mongolian Gobi is a Bactrian camel, has two humps rather than the single hump of their Arabian relatives. Only 6 percent of all the camels throughout the world are one-humped camels and the total amount is just slightly over two million and most of them belong to Mongolia.  They are valued not for their fat-rich milk, but also for their wool, which is used to make warm blankets and other clothing such as sweaters for Mongolia’s burgeoning fashion industry. Besides, they had a great influence on Central Asian nomads’ life as transportation until a few decades ago. Camels seem to be the fittest for cold climate. When winter approaches their humps are full and standing with soft wool fur coat shining their best colors. Being part of the camel festival as a spectator is simply wonderful. 

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