Year of the Fire Rooster

In Mongolia, the first celebration of the year is the lunar new year, Tsagaan Sar, meaning ”white moon.”

The date of the celebrations is determined according to lunar calendar. It comes on the first new moon after the winter solstice and is a symbol of the warmer days of spring just ahead. It is one of the most important events for all Mongols across the country. The holiday lasts fifteen days. 

This year Lunar New Year’s Eve (Bituun) was February 26 and Lunar New Year (Tsagaan Sar) was February 27.

MSUM has a strong connection with Mongolia: Dr. Erdenebaatar Chadraa is on the faculty in the mathematics department and Dr. Ruth Lumb, Paseka School of Business, is the Senior Research Fellow at the Research Center for International Higher Education at The Mongolian University of Science & Technology. Each year Dr. Lumb visits with the MSUM alumni who are available in Mongolia at the time of her visit(s).