Health Day in Mongolia

Health Day is a holiday in Mongolia that’s held on April 7th every year. It’s the local version of World Health Day—a day that brings attention to specific health topics of concern to people all over the world. In the past, Mongolia had limited access to healthcare, and the healthcare that was available was provided by lamas who brewed herbs and offered prayers to those who were ill.

Fortunately, over the past few decades, things have improved greatly in the country, and Mongolia now has a sophisticated social welfare system that helps provide healthcare to the masses who were previously denied access. This holiday helps to bring light to the importance of healthcare in the country.

Interesting Facts About Mongolia

During our discussion about Health Day, we decided it would be fun to list some facts about Mongolia that our readers might enjoy. Below are a small handful of the facts that we’ve uncovered and would like to now share with everyone.

  • Approximately a third of Mongolians are nomadic.
  • Fermented horse milk is a popular drink in Mongolia.
  • Genghis Khan is a title that means “universal ruler” and isn’t a name.
  • The name of Mongolia’s capital, Ulaanbaatar, means “Red Hero.”
  • Southern Mongolia is covered by the Gobi Desert.
  • Approximately 53% of Mongolia’s population is Buddhist.
  • Only 13% of Mongolians say that they are not religious.
  • One of the most popular sports in Mongolia is horse racing.

Observing Health Day in Mongolia

This holiday is observed throughout Mongolia with health clinics and special seminars that highlight the importance of preventative healthcare. These clinics and seminars are especially prevalent in Ulaanbaatar.

Since this holiday models itself after World Health Day, it usually follows some of the themes from that holiday. For example, in 2020, the theme was support for nurses and midwives.

Where is it celebrated?
Mongolia (Observance)
When is it?
This year (2024)
April 7 Sunday
Next year (2025)
April 7 Monday
Last year (2023)
April 7 Friday