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Is this your first winter in Mongolia? Are you wondering how to conduct yourself during Tsagaan Sar? Fear not. For the 5th year in a row, ACMS is organizing a Tsagaan Sar Workshop to introduce the customs and traditions to those unfamiliar with this special holiday. Tsagaan Sar is a family festival, which is celebrated on the first day of the Lunar New Year. The holiday brings cheer during the endless winter months, and marks the beginning of spring.  As one of the oldest and most important Mongolian holidays, it is filled with ceremony, symbolism and ritual. Participants will learn how modern Tsagaan Sar is celebrated, looking at the symbolism of the dress, food and associated objects, in addition to the etiquette and rituals observed.

About the speaker: Dr. Tsermaa Tomorbaatar

She has been the head of ACMS language and cultural programs since 2008. She holds a Ph.D. in linguistics from the State Pedagogical University of Mongolia, and is the author of 16 books and articles on Mongolian language. She had been involved in the preparation and hosting Tsagaan Sar celebrations for 29+ years and is leading this workshop for the 5th year in a row.

About:

The American Center for Mongolian Studies (ACMS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting scholarship in Mongolian Studies. The ACMS Speaker Series are organized in partnership with the U.S. Embassy and the Natsagdorj Library and provides an important platform for researchers engaged in Mongolia to share their experiences and findings with the public. The event promotes information exchange on a variety of subjects related to Mongolia and is free and open to the public.

In an effort to reach interested viewers outside of Mongolia, this Speaker Series will be broadcast live on the ACMS Facebook page! All Facebook live videos can be re-played at your convenience.

Co sponsored by American Corner