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Blog Tergel: The yak and our news


Today is the Mongolian Lunar New Year Eve, tomorrow is the beginning of the Dragon year! .

The Mongolian Lunar New Year, known as Tsagaan Sar, is a deeply revered festival that marks the end of winter and the welcoming of spring. It is one of the most important traditional holidays in Mongolia, celebrated with elaborate customs and rituals that reflect the nation's rich cultural heritage. The celebration is based on the lunar calendar, thus the date varies each year, typically falling in January or February. In the year of the dragon, Tsagaan Sar holds even greater significance, as the dragon is considered the most auspicious and powerful sign in the Mongolian zodiac, symbolizing strength, wisdom, and prosperity.

The preparation for Tsagaan Sar begins weeks in advance, with families thoroughly cleaning their homes to sweep away any bad luck from the previous year and to welcome new blessings. Traditional foods play a central role in the celebration, with families preparing dishes such as buuz (steamed dumplings), bansh (boiled dumplings), and a variety of dairy products. The centerpiece of the Tsagaan Sar feast is often a sheep's back, chosen for its fatness to symbolize abundance and prosperity in the coming year.

On the day of the festival, people wake up early to offer prayers and make ceremonial offerings to their ancestors. They then visit the homes of relatives and friends, exchanging gifts and well-wishes for the new year.

In addition to these customs, Mongolians also participate in various cultural events and activities during Tsagaan Sar, such as traditional music and dance performances, horse racing, and wrestling competitions.

Overall, the Mongolian Lunar New Year of 2024 promises to be a joyous and festive occasion, filled with love, laughter, and the spirit of unity and tradition. It is a time for reflection, renewal, and looking forward to a new year filled with hope and happiness.

It's the annual yak hair makeover season, or as the initiated know it, the grand shedding of the famous yak down!

Picture this: our majestic, mountain-roaming friends, the yaks, have spent the whole winter snug in their luxurious, thick coats, the envy of every creature braving the cold. But as the sun starts to reclaim its strength, these fashion-forward beasts decide it's time to ditch the winter wear for something a bit more comfortable. It's the yak version of swapping bulky winter coats for spring jackets, but a thousand times funnier.

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