Yesterday was the last of the three day holiday called Tsagaan Sar. It literally means White Moon and is the celebration of the new year (tied to the lunar calendar).

Here’s some traditional music in honor of a holiday riddled with tradition. On the table in front of the couple is a Tsagaan Sar Plate. Ul Boov, Mongolian biscuits are stacked in odd numbers and topped with dried curds, sugar, and candies. They are not eaten until after the holiday. There are also pitchers for milk tea and airag, fermented mare’s milk. Two essential Tsagaan Sar drinks.

Buuz (steamed dumplings filled with beef or lamb) are traditionally served to guests at Tsagaan Sar. Hip hop artist TseTse sings about eating the tasty Mongolian treat.

And finally, a Tsagaan Sar greeting. This is from 2009, the year of the ox. The rotating circles are traditional silver bowls used during Tsagaan Sar. The head of the house will use one large bowl for drinking milk tea and eating out of and a smaller bowl for drinking vodka. The host of one family I visited had a bowl that was 100 years old.

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