Tsagaan Sar is the Mongolian New Year celebration. There are many customs and traditions. One of them involves the platter of sheep meat you see here--all parts included. They are arranged in a special way. For three days people visit their relatives and friends and enjoy their traditional foods.
Some of us senior couples enjoyed celebrating with our MTC tutor's parents. In the middle of the table is a traditional "cake" made from layers of "cookies" and other sweets. This cake is taller if you are older, but always has an odd number of layers. We don't eat it during the celebration, but can eat candies from it.
The most important part of the Tsagaan Sar meal are buuz. They are a type of steamed dumpling filled with mutton. People prepare 500-5000 of these in preparation for Tsagaan Sar. It is their favorite food.
Here is Dashdavga. His Mongolian deel is typical of the Buriat tribe.
This is the family of Dashdavga and Enkhjargalan. They had three children (one in the U.S. and Enkhbayar and Baigalmaa in the picture). Then they felt they should adopt two little boys. After that they adopted two nephews whose parents have died. We admire them for the good they are doing for these little boys. They have had them all sealed to them in the temple.