New Year’s Eve Party

Getting ready to party.
Getting ready to party.

As I’ve mentioned, New Year’s Eve is a big deal here, and there was a party thrown by the embassy’s Mongolian employee association (don’t worry — it was ticketed to cover the costs). It was at a hotel with a sit-down dinner, but it was a little different than an American NYE party.

Most of the evening was chock-full of performances. There were some professionals, but every section of the embassy was part of groups that were responsible for the entertainment. People sang, danced, and there was a magician and a ballet dancers (but not together). The night ended with a “disco” — most of the crowd hit the dance floor and we joined for a while but didn’t have the energy to close the party down. I should also add that people, especially women, get dressed up. There were tons of sparkly, floor-length gowns and everyone looked fabulous. Overall the evening was great– the local staff at the embassy is so nice and so much fun, and I love that I got to how the city folk throw a party.

The highlight for me was Tom’s section and the dance he was a part of. They went all-out with very elaborate traditional Mongolian clothing (I think what the royals / elites wore back in the day) and a dance that was also pretty elaborate and totally different from almost any other dance I have ever seen. I’m not sure how Tom learned it, but he looked great.

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Best dancer ever.
Best dancer ever. (click to enlarge)

In our finest duds.
In our finest duds.
A terrible shot of the room, but you get the idea.
A terrible shot of the room, but you get the idea.
A cake for our two countries!
A cake for our two countries!

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