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DO MONGOLIANS CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR?

Most foreigners may wonder if Mongolians celebrate Christmas or New year holiday. Well, how about celebrating with us? We break down four ways to celebrate the new year – with not one new year’s party, but many.


From early time each nation used to calculate the rotation of time, based on sun and moon movement in accordance with their way of life and culture in order to celebrate the new year. Even today all the nations of the world celebrate this sacred holiday once a year based on the astrological calculations of Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam which dominate in the world today.


Following the footstep of our ancestors who have respected all religions and cultures since the 13 th century, we still allow other holidays celebrated in the land of Mongolia. We have been celebrating a New Year Eve-Yolka, since the first half of the 20th century. However, some documents state that before the revolution, during the Bogd Khanate (1911 and 1919 and again from 1921 to 1924) Mongolia was celebrated because of the presence of Americans and Russians.