“Tsagaan Sar” celebration is the Lunar New Year for the Mongols according to their centuries old lunar astrology. The Mongols celebrate Tsagaan Sar for passing the harsh winter in good health and is considered as the beginning of spring.
Moreover the Tsagaan Sar is a big family celebration as everyone visits their elders to greet and wish well for the coming year. They also exchange gifts and there’s a lot of festive food (delicious meat dumplings!) and drinks, of course.
In the city the first 3 days of Tsagaan Sar is a holiday, though it extends as long as 15 days for nomads in the countryside, and after Day 15 the new year is no longer new, and everyone stops visits and festivities and goes back to the normal, ever busy lifestyle.
This year the first day of Tsagaan Sar occurs on Feb 27th and the first three days of Tsagaan Sar (Feb 27-Mar 1) is non-working public holiday nationwide.
So don’t just hibernate at home during Tsagaan Sar – come out and celebrate this beautiful age-old celebration and experience the Mongol culture, hospitality and traditions.
Mongolian Secret History camp organises an annual event during the Tsagaan Sar to give expats and visitors alike the opportunity to experience this beautiful celebration just like locals. The program they sent to us is below:
Feb 26, 2017 LUNAR NEW YEAR EVE
Feb 27, 2017 ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE LUNAR NEW YEAR
TAX: Per person 48$ /120.000₮/ and per child 16$ (does not include accommodation, meal and transport). However, bus service is available upon request (for groups with 1-10 people 14$ /35.000₮/ per person, round way; for groups with 11-16 people - 14$ /30.000₮/ per person round way).
280,600₮ for 2 nights stay at wooden ger meals for 2 days
388,400₮ for 2 nights stay at luxury room +meals for 2 days
322,400₮ for 2 nights stay at standard room with twin beds +meals for 2 days
300,400₮ for 2 nights stay at standard room with bunk beds +meals for 2 days
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