Tibetan exile Janphel Yeshi, 27, runs as he is engulfed in flames after he set himself on fire to protest an upcoming visit to India by Chinese President Hu Jintao, March 26, 2012, in New Delhi. (AFP/Getty Images)
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The Story of The Weeping Camel (2003) 1h 27min
A German docudrama about a family of nomadic shepherds in the Gobi desert trying to save the life of a rare white bactrian camel (Camelus bactrianus) calf after it was rejected by its mother. The documentary was nominated for an Oscar in the category Best Documentary at the 77th Academy Awards.
February 22nd is Mongolian Lunar new year, also known as Tsagaan sar (White Moon). However, the date of the lunar new year varies year to year depending on the position of the moon.
Tsagaan sar is one of the important holidays in Mongolian culture. On the new year’s eve (known as Bituun), Mongolians eat lots of food, such as dumplings, potato salad, lamb and milk tea etc, welcoming the new year with a full stomach: symbolizing to be healthy and richer in coming year.
Around the New Year families burn candles at the altar symbolising enlightenment. Also people greet each other by saying phrases like Амар байна уу? (Amar baina uu?), a greeting specific to the event meaning “Are you well-rested?”. Mongols also visit friends and family on this day and exchange gifts. A typical Mongol family will meet in the home dwelling of the eldest in the family. Many people will be dressed in full garment of national Mongol costumes. When greeting their elders during the White Moon festival, Mongols perform the zolgokh greeting, grasping them by their elbows to show support for them. The eldest receives greetings from each member of the family except for his/her spouse. During the greeting ceremony, family members hold long pieces of colored cloth called khadag. After the ceremony, the extended family eats rice with curds, dairy products and buuz and drinks airag, and exchanges gifts.
perfect post, I love it!
A carved rock in Mongolia. The alphabet is either Quadratic script or Tibetan, I think? The quadratic script was created by the monk Zanabazar based on the Tibetan and Phags Pa scripts. The Quadratic script had all the sounds to write Mongolia, Tibetan, or Sanskrit. The Mongolian language has had several different writing systems created for it through history.