Tsagaan Sar


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Tsagaan Sar (Mongolian New Year)

Between end of January and beginning of March
The New Year in Mongolia is determined by a lunar calendar and marks the beginning of spring. People generally celebrate for three days with lots of visiting, feasting, music, and sporting events. Tsagaan Sar means "white month," a reference to the milk and other dairy foods which become more plentiful in the spring.
People begin getting ready for the holiday about a month ahead of time, making repairs to and cleaning living quarters and sheds, preparing food in advance, and buying or fashioning gifts. The night before New Year's Day is Bituun, the occasion for parties to say goodbye to the old year.
After the New Year has begun, people often wear new clothes and spend at least a couple of days paying brief visits to family members, friends and neighbors, giving a small, inexpensive gift to each, then returning home to be themselves the recipients of visitors and gifts. Many gers, the tents in which Mongolian nomads live, resound with music played on traditional string instruments and overflow with special festive foods and drinks during the holiday.
CONTACTS:
Embassy of Mongolia
2833 M St. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20007
202-333-7117; fax: 202-298-9227
www.mongolianembassy.us
Mongolia Today (online magazine)
www.mongoliatoday.com
SOURCES:
FestWrld: Mongolia-1999, p. 12
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President of Mongolia Khaltmaa Battulga hosted a reception for foreign diplomats on the occasion of the traditional celebration of Tsagaan Sar (Lunar New Year) on February 6.
Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Mongolia Kalybek Koblandin extended Tsagaan Sar greetings and wished the Mongolian people good health and prosperity.
Members of the Diplomatic Corps and Country Representatives expressed their gratitude in holding the meeting each year during the time of Tsagaan Sar.
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D.Tsogtbaatar, I sincerely wish you a happy Tsagaan Sar. I am confident that the friendly relations between the people of the two countries will be mutually beneficial in the coming Year of Dog.
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Tillerson congratulated Mongolia on Mongolian Lunar New Year (Tsagaan Sar), the state.gov press statement said.
"Please accept my best wishes as you and the people of Mongolia celebrate Tsagaan Sar on February 16, 2018.
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