The first of June is traditionally Children’s Day in Mongolia. The holiday is known formally as Mother and Children’s Day, but since there is already a big day dedicated to women, most– if not all– of the focus is on the kids. They get to run around, play, and spend time with their families eating cake and treats.
It usually coincides with the end of the school year, but because so many days were missed this winter, that didn’t happen this year. Regardless, in my city, there is a massive children’s park that opens its doors every June 1 for the summer. There is a large festival that takes place there: vendors set up gers to cook in, games are set up, and small carnival rides are warmed up and brought into operation. This is one of the perks of living in a city with lots of resources and wealth. I can’t say what children’s day would be like in a soum; I imagine the spirit, food, and toys are all there, just no large park with rides.
I visited the park and met my friends, saw my students, and watched some games. It was nice to see all the families out and about, enjoying the warm(er) June air.