Getting Into the Holiday Spirit in UB

Sukhbaatar Square - The main plaza in UB.
Sukhbaatar Square – The main plaza in UB.

I wasn’t expecting Mongolia to get into the holiday spirit since they don’t celebrate Christmas here. The big holiday is Tsagaan Sar (literally: White Month), the lunar new year.

But, apparently Mongolians also celebrate the new year of the Gregorian calendar in a big way, and there are decorations all over town. Families have New Year’s trees (my guess is this was adopted from Christmas trees during the Soviet period), and all over town and in stores there are trees, lights, tinsel, snowmen, and a few Santas and Merry Christmas signs. I even saw a big tree in a gas station parking lot. Bet your town can’t beat that.

On Sukhbaatar Square
On Sukhbaatar Square, the central square of UB.

Outside of one building is the Coca Cola bears, and yes, that is an actual igloo back there.
Outside of one building is the Coca Cola bears, and yes, that is an actual igloo back there.
Me in the igloo!
Me in the igloo!
(right)The bank has an ice sculpture in front of it!
The bank has an ice sculpture in front of it! (right)
A cute little coffee stand on the side of the road. Makes me think of NYC.
A cute little coffee stand on the side of the road. Makes me think of NYC.
Possibly my favorite holiday decoration -- a snowman with Snow White and the seven dwarfs.
Possibly my favorite holiday display — a snowman with Snow White and the seven dwarfs.
Holiday Decorations UB-006
More pictures of Sukhbaatar Square.
There was a holiday party a few weekends ago, and they were giving actual reindeer rides. I didn't get a good shot of his horns though :(.
There was a holiday fair a few weekends ago, and they were giving actual reindeer rides (see him on the far right?). I didn’t get a good shot of his horns though :(.

Holiday Decorations UB-009

Holiday Decorations UB-010

Holiday Decorations UB-012
Even my apartment jazzed up our elevator area for the new year. (right)

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