Sitting having a quite cup of coffee at home with my friend Jude Tipney, who I first met 40 plus years ago when we started nursing training together, her phone rang and her sense of urgency was such that I though we had a medical emergency on our hands as she commented 'we will be there in a minute'. Fortunately it wasn't, it was her husband Col calling to say that there was a parade just coming past his office window and although he didn't know where they were going many were dressed in National Costume and other fancy outfits and we should get there as soon as possible.
It didn't take long for us to be out the door with camera in hand to see what was happening and where they had gone. Less than 200 metres from our front door we saw a small crowd gathering on the steps of the Childrens Palace Theatre Centre.
There were speeches in Mongolian but we had little hope of understanding what they were saying and by the looks on the faces of almost everyone, they didn't know what was going on either or weren't interested.
The first group to perform for us on the steps of the Children's Palace Theatre were these beautifully dressed women in traditional garments, usually worn by royalty, who so obligingly posed for me. Just loved these women who were so happy and delightful. The four men they danced with were also beautifully costumed.
Just stunning and what an absolute privilege to see all this by sheer chance for free.
Just stunning outfits.
Next were a group of 6 boys and 6 girls who gave some wonderful displays of acrobatics and dancing but we were particularly impressed with the routine below where two young boys swung the two girls round and round, probably about 10 times or more and they did it so well and so quickly.
Next out were even smaller children who also performed so well doing more traditional dancers.
They touched each other gently on the face at the end of the dance which was just so sweet.
Next was the professional dancers who much have been freezing although with the routine they did they wouldn't have been cold for very long. They just seemed to enjoy every minute of the dancing and danced with such enthusiasm, which was lovely so see.
Very enthusiastic and happy.
Next was the Police and they were also great with a great performance of dancing and acrobatics.
I took over 400 photos so consider yourselves lucky that I didn't put a lot more photos in this blog.
Wow, living in Mongolia brings some truly special moments.
I hope you enjoyed, not as much as we did but I hope you get a little flavour of what it was like.