The World Nomad Games Come To A Close.
After almost a week of sports and displays of nomadic culture, the World Nomad Games come to a close. Countries from all over Central Asia came to play, as well as some from further afield, such as the USA.
At sometimes brutal, such as with the tough game of kok boru, and other times beautiful, with the smiling faces of the nomads in the valley, people came together to celebrate.
The opening ceremony was a grand display of dance and dress, showcasing the best of Kyrgyzstan, while the closing ceremony was a concert of mostly local singers and dancers.
They say that the World Nomad Games may become an annual event, whether held in Kyrgyzstan again, or in another host country. Either way it would be an event not to miss, and hopefully will continue.
The World Nomad Games is one of the best travel, cultural, and sporting experiences to come along in a long time. Keep an eye out for the future of these epic games!
The Closing Ceremony of The World Nomad Games.
The games closing was not as impressive as the opening ceremony, and yet had a down to earth party atmosphere with singers and dancing.
The crowd at the hippodrome got excited when their winning Kyrgyzstan kok boru team entered to pick up their prize, which was then followed by more singing and smiles.
The dancers wore a variety of costumes through the night.
And it all ended with a patriotic singing of the Kyrgyzstan national anthem and the obligatory photogenic flag waving.
The games have been one of the best things I have experienced in over seventeen years of travel, and I highly recommend going if they do continue in the future.
Until hopefully another time, goodbye to the 2014 World Nomad Games.
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