CELEBRATE TSAGAAN SAR WITH LOCALS

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2017-02-16 09:00 GMT+8

“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                                

  • Arrive at the Mongolian Secret History tourist complex
  • Tea and Coffee
  • Take a guided trip around the complex including the following:
    -A visit to our ger library to learn about Mongolian nomadic culture along with its heritage, art and literature.
    -Walk to a nearby shrine with a statue dedicated to an ancient Mongolian shaman called “Tev Tenger”, to learn about the fascinating customs of ancient shamanism. While at the statue you will be served traditional Mongolian drinks and afterwards enjoy some sledging back down the hill to the camp.
  • Lunch
  • Traditional music concert
  • Mongolian traditional dress show
  • Visit herder’s family to take part in preparing traditional food and enjoy local culture on “Lunar New year’s Eve”
  • Dinner
  • Learn traditional knucklebone games such as:
    -“Colored turtle” (sheep or goat knuckle bones arranged into turtle shape)
    -“Horse racing” (win the race with your knucklebones)
    -“Knuckle bone catch” (test your speed and skill in this exciting game)
    -“Knuckle bone flicking” (show off your aim by flicking knuckle bones)
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 Feb 27, 2017 ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE LUNAR NEW YEAR

  • Take your predetermined, personal first steps of the New Year before the sun rises according to Mongolian traditions relating to your individual birthday and year
  • Breakfast
  • Visit a herder’s family on the first day of the Lunar New Year
  • Learn traditional greeting, “Zolgoh”
  • Prepare and eat traditional meals
  • See the new calves
  • Enjoy watching a winter horse race and try your hand at archery
  • Give and receive your new year presents resents
  • Horse racing
  • Ride horses and camels
  • Lunch
  • Photos with traditional dress
  • More archery
  • Free time for relaxing
  • Dinner
  • Watch a documentary movie about the Mongolian people’s daily life and culture.
  • Learn the traditional dances “Zadgai tsagaan”, “Khumuun turlukhtun”
  • Learn the spring game and participate in a competition

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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Please contact the organisers at: Phone: 976-11-70000450, 99043547, 99993200.

E-mail: info@mongoliansecrethistory.mnWebsite: www.mongoliansecrethistory.mn

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