As our Carpe Diem journey continues, the next stop is Ulan-Ude (Улан-Удэ), the capital of the Republic of Buryatia. It means we have a chance to celebrate New Year for the second time because it is the White Month in Buryatia. New Year there is celebrated also by the lunar calendar, next to the traditional New Year’ s Eve.
Time of Sagaalgan or Festival Of White Month varies, according to the solar calendar, but it always means a celebration that lasts whole month. There will be travelling from house to house to visit relatives, friends and neighbours, a special ritual of “burning sins” from the previous year, different ceremonies at local Buddhist temples, Shamanistic rituals, and appreciation of white food (any milk products and mutton) as a symbol of purity. Nowadays this holiday has become very popular and it is celebrated by all residents of Buryatia, regardless of their nationality and religion.
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beginning of road
old sins disappear in flames
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