Mongolians have a tradition that on the first morning of the New Year, very early in the day they climb the nearest sacred hill or mountain, offering dishes and burning juniper and incense sticks to welcome the New Year. This Mongolian tradition is rather similar to the Japanese custom, where people admire the sunrise and predict features of the forthcoming year. For creative personalities it is a rare chance to capture on film fantastic images, with the snowflakes sparkling like diamonds scattered over the snow white steppe. We offer you the chance to watch the sunrise on the first morning of New Year in Mongolia and are sure that you will enjoy horse riding throughout the wide steppe on a winter morning in our country.
Tsagaan Sar, or White Month is the Lunar Calendar New Year, which has been celebrated in Mongolia for many centuries. During the Tsagaan Sar, Mongolians dress in traditional outfits, prepare traditional food, pay tribute to religious and hereditary customs, and relish singing and having fun. It should be noted that each year the Tsagaan Sar may fall on different dates of the Giorgian Calendar in January or February
Mongolians who lives near Khuvsgul Lake in the north-west of the country celebrate an Ice Holiday in February, on the ice of the stunning fresh-water lake. The event involves all sorts of activities and competitions, such as Ice Sumo, building a ger with ice, horse sleigh rides, and skating. The two day event also serves as a shamanistic offering ceremony and provides a fascinating insight into the Tsaatan People’s way of life.
By tradition, the Kazakh New Year Festival Nauryz is held on the 22 of March every' year. This is the time of the equinox, when there is plenty of food and the hibernating animals wake up. Nauryz or the 'Sun-Festival' is not known in all Islamic countries, but most Muslims living in Central Asia celebrate it. On Nauryz Day, Kazakhs offer their guests 'kozc', a soup with curds and rice. Moreover, they arrange a festive table with 'kaz', a dish of boiled horsemeat, and dairy products. It is customary- to eat the koze, or rice soup, without the help of spoons or chopsticks. This is a symbol of prosperity. The koze is a food of honor like the buuz or the boiled sheep's rump during Mongolian Tsagaan Sar.
The Mongolian two-humped Bactrian camel is nicknamed the “Gobi Ship” by local people, and inhabits the Gobi dessert area in the southern part of Mongolia. As an inseparable part of the life of Nomadic Mongolians, it has become a tradition in Mongolia to organize a Camel Festival annually in February.
The Naadam Festival, a traditional celebration inherited from ancient days, is the biggest national event for Mongolians. The word “Naadam” means “Games”, and the festival’s full title is Eriin Gurvan Naadam, which can be transalated as the Three Manly Games. They consist of wrestling, horseracing, and archery. It is a tradition for the strongest wrestlers, for the fastest horses and most expert marksmen from all over the Mongolia to gather to test their courage, strength and concentration.
Mongolian boasts the world’s second largest population of yaks. It is a tradition in Mongolia to hold a Yak Festival annually to celebrate this strong and productive animal, mostly dwelling in the highlands of the country.
Golden Eagle Festival
One of the oldest, most revered and spectacular celebrations for Kazakh people, passed down from generation, is hunting with trained eagles. It exhibits the real pride of the Kazakhs. They annually hold an exceptional feast called the Eagle Hunting Festival in the extreme area of the majestic Altai Mountain, among the river glaciers and beautiful landscape in Bayan–Ulgii province in October.