ASEM leaders celebrated 20th anniversary with Nomadic Naadam 2016-07-16 17:14
On July 15, Friday afternoon, Asian and European leaders celebrated the 20th anniversary of Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) at the 11th ASEM Summit in Mongolia. After plenary discussions on the past two decades and future visions, the delegates partook in ‘Nomadic Naadam’, a mini-showcase event of Mongolian traditional holiday, and a gala dinner.
The event opened with Mongolian President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj’s welcoming speech. The Naadam started with a ceremony of honorary cavalry guards and continued with showcase of traditional culture and performing arts program, ending with rendition of three essential games: bokh wrestling, horse racing, and archery.
“Naadam is the highest expression of honor and respect for the people of Mongolia. We are proud of our history, culture, and traditions that we have retained and cherished for many centuries. One could even say Naadam is behind the success, victory, and prosperity of Mongolians. We present to you the apex of the Mongolian culture and pride,” said President Elbegdorj on commencing the celebration ceremony.
After Naadam, President of Mongolia hosted a gala dinner for the 53 heads of delegation of the ASEM11 Summit.