The Eagle Festival, officially called Golden Eagle Festival, is an annual traditional festival of Kazakhs, the largest minority ethnic group in Mongolia. The Festival takes place in Bayan-Ulgii, the western-most province of Mongolia and is organized in Bugat Soum /smallest administrative unit of Mongolia/ in October of each year. Bugat is located 10 km-s from Ulgii town, the capital town of Bayan-Ulgii province.
The Golden Eagle Festival has been the largest gathering of eagle hunters and their eagles in the world since it started in 1999 with 70 eagle hunters participating in the event. It is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Event. The festival starts with a display of eagles and hunters, and then goes into the events of eagles displaying their talents.
The first event is the eagle catching fox skin dragged behind a horse, returning to their owner from a distance on command, as well as a camel race and Kazakh games of Tiyn Teru (a race to pick up a coin on the ground while on horseback), Kyz Kuar (“girl chase,” a man and woman race on horseback while the woman whips the man), and Kokpar (tug of war over a goat carcass while on horseback). On the evening of the first night there is a concert of traditional Kazakh music at the theatre. Prizes are given to the winner of each event plus prizes for the best dressed man, woman, and child. The final event is a live hunt of a fox or wolf cub by the winning eagle. The event is run by the Berkut Association, a local community organization for eagle hunters. Traditional Kazakh craft work and food is available at the festival grounds.
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