Saturday, February 9, 2008

Mongolia | Baga Nuur | Tsagaan Sar

Wandered out to the town of Baga Nuur to see Zevgee and his family for Tsagaan Sar, the Mongolian New Year. This used to be a fairly tedious trip, but now that the road is paved the whole way it takes only an hour and forty-five minutes to get there. This is the first winter Zevgee has lived in Baga Nuur. Before he lived at his winter camp about forty miles up the Kherlen River valley. This winter he has left the care of his livestock to one of his son-in-laws and has retired to a comfortable log cabin in Baga Nuur.

Zevgee, Mojik, and Zevgee’s wife Tumen-Olzii

Traditional plate of boov, or ceremonial cakes

Sheep back and tail

Zevgee and Mojik

Mojik and Tumen-Olzii