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Tsagaan Sar (Mongolian New Year)

On February 20th, The Mongolia Society, hosted the annual celebration of Tsagaan Sar, the Mongolian Lunar New Year. As CEUS Professor Dr. Christopher Atwood explained in his introductory remarks, the new year is the Blue Female Sheep Year, as Mongolian has none of the ambiguities between sheep and goats found in Chinese. The celebration featured Mongolian language songs sung by students of Senior Lecturer Tserenchunt Legden, the Mongolian Language instructor at Indiana University. In addition, a number of IU students and faculty recited several traditional and contemporary Mongolian poems.   Visiting Mongolian scholars, members of the Bloomington Mongolian community, and other musical guests performed as well.

This event was sponsored by the Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center, the Department of Central Eurasian Studies, the Pan-Asia Institute, the Asian Culture Center, the Mongolian Student Association and the Bloomington Mongolian Community.


Picture by Kathleen Kuo.