Happy Tsagaan Sar, New Year

To my Mongolian friends – I hope you have a happy Цагаан сар ((Tsagaan Sar))

To  my Korean friends – 새해 복 많이 받으세요 ((say hay boke mahn he pah du say oh))

To my Chinese friends – 新年快樂 ((Happy New Year)) or for my Cantonese Friends, 恭喜發財 ((kone hay far choi – or litterally, wishing you prosperity))

2 thoughts on “Happy Tsagaan Sar, New Year

  1. Mae McDonald 30 November 1999 / 8:00 am

    It is a very confusing thing to wrap your head around, but Mongolian Tsagaan Sar (White Month) and Chinese Lunar New Year are NOT the same thing. They are not determined the same way, not based on the same lunar cycle, etc. AND……

    Цагаан сар is NOT on January 26, 2009.

    As you probably know, many Mongolians get their backs up when they get lumped with the Chinese. And this topic is no exception.

    I think your Mongol buddies would appreciate it if you would wish them a happy Tsagaan Sar or White Month celebration on the correct date, which in 2009 which is February 26.


  2. thomo the lost 30 November 1999 / 8:00 am

    Thank you for your comment. The timing of Tsagaan Sar is vexing and yes, I do understand that Tsagaan Sar and Chinese New Year are NOT the same thing. Tsagaan Sar is more likely to occur at the same time as the Tibetan Losar as I understand. As I recall, last year Tsagaan Sar was celebrated in Mongolia over two dates, as there was no clear agreement by all on the correct date.

    My understanding of the calculation of the start of Tsagaan Sar is that it is based on a period of time from the winter solstice and depends on the new moon that occurs at that time, so last year it was 8 February 2007. At that time there was disagreement about the date and that disagreement has occurred again this year.

    My wishing of a happy Tsagaan Sar to my Mongolian friends is based on many of them celebrating Bituun on 25 January with 26 January the start of Tsagaan Sar.

    For the record, in 2008, Tsagaan Sar was 8 February – on the second new moon from winter solstice. In 2007, it was 18 February, on the second new moon from the winter solstice. 26 February this year conicides with the third new moon from winter solstice.

    In addition, 26 January 2009 also happens to coincide with a syzygy of the Moon, Earth and Sun.

    What is the definite calculation method for Tsagaan Sar?


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