Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/. The National Pride Day is being celebrated today
in Mongolia, marking the 860th anniversary of the birth of Great Chinggis Khaan,
which customarily falls on the first day of winter according to the Mongolian
Lunar Calendar. 

Based on the conclusion of a working group in charge of re-determining
the birthday of Chinggis Khaan and the Mongolian Academy of Sciences, a
Presidential decree was issued on January 9, 2012, officially declaring the day
Chinggis Khaan was born to be on the first day of the initial winter month by
the Lunar calendar. /The day is, by the Lunar calendar, celebrated on different
days each year/.

This morning, a traditional ceremony of exalting the Nine White Banners
took place at the central square of Sukhbaatar. The Nine White Banners, which
are kept at the State Palace, were brought to the central square by the cavalcade
of honor guards.

Under the rule of a sole leader, when Mongolians enthroned Chinggis
Khaan as the King of the Great Mongol Empire, they raised their Nine White
Banners – the symbol of great power as well as independence and unity for the
Mongolian state and had the great king pay respects. And ever since that time,
the White banners have been placed in the State Palace to symbolize the
Mongolian state in a perpetual state of prosperity and its people living
peacefully. Currently, the Nine White Banners are kept at the State Palace, to
only be brought out for big holidays.

The country is celebrating the National Pride Day as a public holiday
for the tenth year