Mongolian Pride Day is a public holiday celebrated in Mongolia since 2012, and its date of celebration annually falls on the first day of the first winter month of the Mongolian calendar. On this day, November 24, 2022, the 860th anniversary of the birth of Genghis Khan. celebration of this holiday includes the honoring ceremony of the national flag and the statue of Chinggis khaan. On this special day, an awards ceremony to confer the Supreme Decoration of the Mongolian State, the Order of Chinggis Khaan was held.
The presidential decree states that the Order of Chinggis Khaan is awarded to Dr. Jack Weatherford, an American researcher, in recognition of his valuable contribution to the development of Chinggis Khaan studies. At the beginning of his remarks delivered during the awards ceremony, the President of Mongolia U. Khurelsukh extended greetings on the occasion of National Pride Day and the 860th anniversary of the birth of Chinggis Khaan. “The history of Chinggis Khaan is not only the history of Mongols but it also the history of the world”, highlighted the President while emphasizing that it is a great tradition for the President of Mongolia to award the Supreme Decoration of the Mongolian State, the Order of Chinggis Khaan, to citizens, bands, legal entities, foreign citizens, public and social servants, whose extraordinary deeds made a huge contribution in fulfilling this legacy.
Below is The Supreme Decoration of the Mongolian State, the Order of Chinggis Khaan, acceptance speech by Jack Weatherford,
“Thank you, Mr. President and Distinguished Officials of Mongolia.
The greatest heroes of history have always been lawmakers. Shakyamuni the Buddha, gave us the Dharma of Enlightenment, the Wheel of Law. Confucius devised the civil law of the family and state. Moses gave God’s laws of behavior to the Jews. Jesus spread the law to the Christians, and the final prophet Muhammad ended the era of great religious lawgivers.
Chinggis Khaan did not start a new religion. Instead, he gave the law of the Eternal Blue Sky granting freedom to all religions. Each religion was like one finger of God, and the Eternal Blue Sky united all of them into one -- into one dream of a united and peaceful world. The world today is still struggling to achieve that goal. We are now in the ninth century of the struggle to fulfill Chinggis Khan’s law and dream of the Great Mongolian Peace.
Nine is the most auspicious of numbers. This is the century that Mongolia can help the world move closer to the dream of Chinggis Khaan. Mongolia is the center of world history, the homeland of Chinggis Khaan, and you are the guardians of his memory and legacy. I am deeply honored that you allow me to join you in your great work.
As I flew to Mongolia this week, I watched out the airplane window as we passed Khentii, I knew in my heart that this was how the land looked on the day that Mother Hoelun brought her child into the world. The Eternal Blue Sky itself welcomed her child with a pure white hadag of snow placed across this country from end to end.
I thank you, and I pray: May the Golden Light of the Eternal Blue Sky forever bless this Sacred Nation of Chinggis Khaan.
Weatherford is the New York Times bestselling author of Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World, which sold over 300,000 copies.
Source: UB info