Ovoo Worship Festival

Ovoo Worship Festival

June
Although the date varies by location, the Ovoo Worship Festival takes place in rural areas throughout Mongolia during the month of June. Ovoos are shrines at which individuals can make offerings for safe journeys or economic well-being. They are constructed out of rocks, tree branches, leaves, and other materials to form a kind of pyramid shape. Inside may be some kind of representation of God. Small towns and villages pay homage at the ovoos in June and hold festivals featuring Buddhist prayers, special food, and horse races. The people also usher in the growing season as they honor the ovoos, praying for a fruitful harvest.
CONTACTS:
Embassy of Mongolia
2833 M St. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20007
202-333-7117; fax: 202-298-9227
www.mongolianembassy.us
SOURCES:
WildPlanet-1995, p. 332