A young guest enjoys a bowl of fermented camel’s milk while his sister tries to take in the goings on
My fourth and final post in a series about Mongolia’s Tsagaan Sar celebration. These are my 21 favorite images from the week. Click anywhere to open the gallery or, if you’re just joining in, check out part 1, part 2, or part 3 of the series for more detail.
Greeting guests with the traditional blue khadag.
Exchanging snuff bottles.
The Tsagaan Sar table.
Assortment of boov (Mongolian biscuits), aruul (dried cheese curds) and sweets.
Uuts, or the boiled sheep’s back with fatty tail.
A young guest enjoys a bowl of fermented camel’s milk while his sister takes in the goings-on around her.
Fancy pink deel.
Playing ankle bones
Family portrait (my bad on the overexposure in front.)
Relatives of my host mother, these two have been married since 1952 (that’s them in the photos in back). He’s now 90; she’s a spry 88.
Taking a break between guests.
Getting help to put their deels and khantaaz back on, in preparation for their next guests.
Family portrait – this time of my teacher Oyunzaya and her family. She and her husband are in matching lavender deels.
Taking a break from their deels in between guests (those deels get hot!)
My teacher Naraa, her husband and two sons.
Friends of Naraa and her family.
A quiet moment. Technically, I shouldn’t have taken a picture through the ger posts (it can be considered bad luck) but I couldn’t resist.
My photo assistant,, green-lighting shots.