Chicago‘s Mongolian community gathers this year Sunday 10 am ,July 8th 2012 to celebrate the Mongolian Naadam.
This Festivity is the one of the major celebration on the Mongolians honor of the national holiday of Motherland Mongolia. During the celebration, Mongolians compete in traditional sporting events and competitions that include archery, wrestling, and children’s wood horse racing.
Organizers: Mongol American Association, Chicago Mongolian Community Association, Mongolian Culture Heritage and Wrestler Center
Sunday, July 8th, 2012,
Time: 10:00 am
Location: Busse Woods Forest Preserve Higgins Road, Groves 5-6 Elk Grove Village, IL 60009
Contact: 773-299-0729, 773-954-4212, 773-879-2757
Web: Mongolian American Association , American Mongolian Association ,
Facebook: American Mongolian Association
About Chicago Mongol Community,
Chicago’s Mongolian community, while geographically dispersed, is an organized and active group with a strong network of mutual assistance. The Mongolian American Association, founded in 1998, aids newcomers from Mongolia, serves as an organizational center for the community, and sponsors social and cultural events such as concerts and speakers. It is affiliated with other Mongolian groups in San Francisco, Denver, and Washington, and by 2001 it boasted 250 members. Some Chicago Mongolians attend cultural events in Bloomington, Indiana, where a small community of Mongols is gathered around the Mongolia Society and Indiana University’s Department of Central Eurasian Studies, the only program in the United States to grant a degree in Mongolian Studies.
Chicago’s Mongolian community gathers each year in February to celebrate the Mongolian New Year ( White Moon or White Months )
The community also gathers frequently for parties, concerts, speeches, and other social events and such Mongolian cultural activities as a performance by a Mongolian artist or a visit by a Mongolian Buddhist Monk. The Mongolian community maintains ties with Tibetan Buddhists in Chicago, and the groups sometimes celebrate holidays together.
Many of Chicago’s Mongolians are students who came to Chicago to further their education and have chosen to stay in the United States after completing their schooling. Others have come in search of new personal or economic opportunities, and many anticipate their stay to be only temporary. A few Mongolian entrepreneurs have established small businesses, and there is a small professional community. Many Mongolians are well educated but face difficulties on the job market posed by limited English skills and illegal status, forcing them to enter trades and service industries, including rug and carpet cleaning, construction, electrical trades, computers, food service, and custodial work.
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