The American Center for Mongolian Studies (ACMS) organized a Tsagaan Sar Workshop for Beginners for the 5th year in a row in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. This year, close to 60 attendees, mostly expats, gathered to learn about the customs and traditions of one of Mongolia's most significant holidays. Tricia Turbold, the Resident Director of ACMS, delivered opening remarks, and ACMS Mongolian Language Program Manager Dr. Tsermaa Tomorbaatar and Program Coordinator Tuvshinzaya Tumenbayar led the workshop and shared a practical introduction and historical overview of the Lunar New Year holiday. The workshop focused on history and etiquette, so that first-time celebrants could get the best out of their experience.
In addition to the main presenters, the workshop included a morin khuur (horse-headed fiddle) performance by Mongolia State Conservatory student Lkham; a brief presentation about traditional attire by former Mongolian language fellow and current researcher Isaline Saunier; humorous, practical tips from former AMCS fellow and Fullbright Researcher Peter Bittner; and a performance of a traditional Mongolian song by Fullbright ETA Maggie Lindrooth. At the end of the workshop, participants asked questions and practiced playing traditional games.