Mongolia’s most important festival of the year is underway celebrating the nation’s warrior games – wrestling, archery and horse-racing.
Soldiers in traditional uniforms carry “Great White Banners” into the stadium amid cheering crowds in the opening ceremony.
The nine poles topped with white horsehair are ceremonial symbols dating back to the time of the 13th century leader Genghis Khan.
The white banners were reintroduced in the early 1990s after the fall of communism and represent the independent Mongolian state.
The opening ceremony showcases Mongolia’s heroes of the past, including Genghis Khan, who founded the Mongol empire, stretching to one fifth of the world’s inhabited land by the 13th century.