BUILDING A NEW GER

One of the most common holidays for Mongols is the ceremony of putting up a new ger, a kind of housewarming party. This ceremony is held on two occasions firstly, when erecting the new ger with which  according to custom  a new family begins its life  and secondly, when renewing an old ger. In the first case, the ceremony is quite colorful. Before everything else, the bride groom erects the new ger, puts all furniture in place and solemnly kindles the stove, and then leads in the bride, after which the wedding party begins. The host or the master of ceremonies gives a silver bowl of airag, placed on a blue khadag, to a rhapsody, inviting him to perform a song of praise in honor of the new couple.

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