|Greeting the new year|
|Friendly host at the top - notice the traditional shoes|
|Sunrise - notice the cluster of viewers on the lower peaks|
|A group of LDS missionaries also greeting the sunrise|
|A Buddhist shrine on Tsaagan Sar|
|Three Mongolians in their deels waiting for sunrise|
|Raising their outstretched arms to the sun|
Mongols believe that milk is pure as it is white and without blemish. They offer it as a blessing to God. When someone is going on a long journey, their mother will usually cast milk to the sky and pray for a safe trip, to keep them safe and to bring him or her back home safely.
|A ger district at dawn|
|Coal fires from the Ger Districts near Ulaanbaatar|
City residents, mostly under the watchful eye of the communists, would be punished if they took time off from work to travel and meet their relatives. The rural tradition continued to flourish under the guise of "Collective Herder's Day." After the 1990 Democratic Revolution in Mongolia, the new government reinstated Tsaagan Sar and it is Mongolia's number one holiday.
|A couple greeting the new year together - she was one of the very few women on the mountain|