The State Supreme Decoration, Order of Chinggis Khaan Conferred Upon the Morin Khuur Ensemble
A two-stringed bowed instrument with a scroll in the shape of a horse’s head, the morin khuur springs from Mongolia’s nomadic heritage and embodies it.
The First Class "Chinggis Khaan medal" order has been awarded since 2005 to strengthen Mongolia's independence, sovereignty, and national unity, to develop a humane and democratic society in the country, to ensure social, economic, cultural, and scientific progress, statehood, and history. It has been awarded to citizens/legal entities who have deeply studied their cultural traditions, passed them on to the next generation, and made a significant contribution to promoting them in other parts of the world, and who have made special merits in front of the state, society, and nation.
This year, this medal was awarded to the cultural ambassador of Mongolia, "Morin Khuur Ensemble" in Mongolian language.
Since its establishment, the ensemble has performed on the world's most famous stages, such as Carnegie Hall, United Nations Hall in New York, UNESCO Hall in France, Vienna Philharmonic in Austria, Sydney Opera House in Australia, and the Royal Palace of Versailles in France. It has been spreading and promoting pride and culture. In 2022, the ensemble was awarded the title of "Cultural Ambassador of Mongolia" by the Ministry of Foreign Relations in recognition of its contribution to Mongolia's foreign relations and culture.
We wish the first-class "Chinggis Khan" Order of the Horse Head Fiddle Ensemble great success in their great work of spreading Mongolian heritage, traditional art, and national pride.
Below speech is by the General conductor of the Morin khuur ensemble state honored artist Tuvshinsaikhan at the ceremony of conferring the supreme decoration of the Mongolian state, the order of Chinggis khaan, of the occasion of the 862 st birth anniversary of Chinggis khaan, the National Pride Day.
“My fellow Mongolians – the guardians of hearth and home of the Great Mongolian State,
My fellow countrymen living all around the world,
Esteemed successive Heads of State of Mongolia,
I extend my sincere greetings to you for “National Pride Day,” which celebrates the 861st Anniversary of the birth of the Great Chinggis Khaan - the King of Kings, the great leader in the history of humankind, the Man of the Millennium, and the source of the lasting pride of the Mongolian people.
Last year, we solemnly and widely celebrated the 860th Anniversary of the birth of the Great Chinggis Khaan.
On that historical occasion, the President of Mongolia issued a decree to honor the portrait of the Great Chinggis Khaan, and respect and revere the wisdom and glory of the great Khaan. We also solemnly opened the Chinggis Khaan National Museum.
A Presidential Decree was issued to rebuild the city of Kharkhorum in the Orkhon Valley, a cultural heritage of humankind, the sacred hearth of ancient kingdoms, established by the Decree of the Great Khaan in 1220.
We, Mongolians, must respect and follow Great Chinggis Khaan’s genius, teachings, and wisdom, to inherit the values and heritage of our statehood to the generations to come, to maintain harmony, and to devote our heart and soul to the service of our nation’s development and prosperity.
It is a great tradition for the President of Mongolia to confer on the National Pride Day the Supreme Decoration of the Mongolian State, the Order of Chinggis Khaan, to Mongolian and foreign citizens, legal entities, and public and social servants, whose extraordinary service have made a significant contribution to the study, preservation, and promotion of Mongolian statehood, history, culture, and heritage to the world.
Today, I am honored to award the Morin Khuur Ensemble of Mongolia with the Supreme Decoration of the Mongolian State, Order of Chinggis Khaan for preserving and promoting the Morin Khuur [Horsehead Fiddle], the musical sutra of the vigor of the Mongols, the twin strings to sing the Mongol wisdom and soul, for valuable contributions to the revival of the national conscience, culture and mentality, for consolidating and elevating Mongolia’s international reputation and for advancing the knowledge and appreciation of the cultural heritage and values of the Mongol nation worldwide.
On behalf of the people of Mongolia, I congratulate the members of the Morin Khuur Ensemble for the honorable title named after the Great Chinggis Khaan and wish every success in all your future endeavors.
I wish success in further promoting Mongolia’s cultural heritage to the enjoyment of the entire humankind which is a noble cause of the Morin Khuur Ensemble, a Cultural Envoy of Mongolia, the embodiment of the unique Mongol heritage to sing the worldly life with two only strings to gratify human soul with the heavenly melody of the steppe.
May Mongolia prosper under the Eternal Blue Sky!”