“Book festival” celebrated for the first time
Mongolians’ ancestors has a great history of establishing rich libraries and the largest astronomy center in the Persian Peninsula and having the history of the Mongol Empire written by great scholars.
During Khubilai Khaan’s rule, the first in Mongolia encyclopedia was published in Mongolian and Uigur languages and a library with 17 thousand books was presented to Korea, the history tells. Some books have been preserved so far.
For this, the President of Mongolia Tsakhia Elbegdorj has issued a decree on the implementation of “Book Festival” program nationwide and establishing mobile libraries in all 21 aimags of the country with an aim to raise awareness among young generation of respecting books and tradition of statehood and developing cultural heritage of great ancestors.
In the context of the program, carious activities have been hosted on the central square of Ulaanbaatar such as a book trade fair, a meeting between readers and authors, a folklore performance and a new book presentation. The most interesting was an activity of exchanging books among 850 young people on the occasion of the 850th birth anniversary of Chinngis Khaan.
The state head also handed over a prize “Excellent reader” – badge named after D.Natsagdorj to children from rural areas who have been distinguished for the number and quality of books they have read. D.Natsagdorj, outstanding writer of Mongolia, is a founder of the modern Mongolian literature to whom many masterpieces belong.