Mongolia Nadaam Festival – Elder Spectators

Mongolia Nadaam Festival – Elder Spectators

One thing is for certain. The older folks know how to dress for a festival.

No faddish jeans and Tshirts logo-ed up with advertisements for goods trended by westerners and compulsively craved by most others.  The elders, too smart and confident for passing fancies, stick to tradition and spruce up in their Nadaam finest, the same fab outfits they have been reaching into the bottom of the chest for every year, back well past the Communist era of the past century, as the festival spans well into the 13th century. The Mongolian deel (outer clothing) is closely connected with the Mongolian way of life, the climate and the country, a pocketless, robe-like garment worn with a thin silk sash several yards long tightly garnishing the waist. Why play with customs that have stood the test of time? By the way, every Mongolian ger has a carved brightly painted Mongolian chest in it full of prized possessions, but that is another story.

For more on Mongolia and the Nadaam Games, see:

http://heathersimondsphotography.com/2013/07/17/mongolian-wrestling-meet-the-judges/  http://heathersimondsphotography.com/2013/04/01/behind-the-scenes-mongolian-horse-race/ http://heathersimondsphotography.com/2013/04/08/mongolian-horse-race-warm-up/

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©HeatherSimonds, Dressed Up In Her Nadaam Finest

 

Mongolian street photography people
©HeatherSimonds, Mongolian Elder With Hat

 

Mongolian street photography people
©HeatherSimonds, In Mongolian Garndma’s Arms

 

Mongolian street photography
©HeatherSimonds, Walking Hand In Hand

 

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©HeatherSimonds, Waiting For Nadaam Events

 

Mongolian street photography people
©HeatherSimonds, Hanging Out With Mongolian Grandma

 

Mongolian street photography people
©HeatherSimonds, Mongolian Elder In Nadaam Costume
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