As many of you know, Mongolia is celebrating lunisolar calendar based New Year on January 31st, 2014. Many of us are busy with preparations of buuz (Mongolian dumplings) and trying to close out some of unfinished matters. Every household is busy with cleaning and planning for a great Year of the Horse!!! “Tsagaan Sar” is the first day of the spring month and “Bituun” is the Mongolian New Year’s Eve, a holiday that is very much like Christmas Eve when Mongolians spend time with their closest friends and family.
For newcomers to Mongolia, on November 28th 2013, Parliament made amendments to the law on public holidays which now allow celebrations of Tsagaan Sar nationwide over three consecutive days. Thus, this year all Mongolia-Russia & Mongolia-China border checkpoints are closed for three days starting from January 31st to February 2nd of 2014.
Stay tuned in February!!! We’ll unveil our Board of Directors, 10 Committee Chairs and lastly six international branches.
Happy Tsagaan Sar!!!