Some websites have informed that the Tsagaan Sar holiday will continue for a week. This information is not correct. All holidays or alterations to fixed holidays are set by the Government – so we decided to contact them and check. Here is their reply: “Such a decision has not been made; it has not even been discussed”. The Ministry of Labor told us: “Holidays and working days will in accordance with the law”. This means that according to the “Public Celebration Law” - the 1st 2nd and 3rd days of Tsagaan Sar (9th-11th February) will be public holidays. It should be noted that Tsagaan Sar Eve (8th February) and on 4th day of the lunar calendar (12th February) will be working days.
Tsagaan Sar means White Month and marks the beginning of the Lunar New Year according to Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Often this coincides with the Chinese New Year. Together with Naadam in the summer, Tsagaan Sar is the most important holiday in Mongolia.