I’m starting my travel photography blog with photos from the charming and vibrant university town of Tübingen in Baden-Württemberg, Germany.
Tübingen is a student
Two days before the Buryat (and Mongol) New Year, the Dugzhuuba (or Purification) ritual takes place in local Buddhist temples (datsans). The date for the new year depends on the Mongolian lunisolar calendar. In 2017, Buryatia celebrated the New Year on February 27 and the Dugzhuuba ritual on February 25. We decided to participate in the event in the datsan of Ulan-Ude which is located on the top of the hill Lysaia Gora, and arrived there in the late afternoon.
Location: Datsan Rinpoche Bagsha, Ulan-Ude, Republic of Buryatia, Russia.
The day after the ceremony people are not supposed to work, but only to relax and wait for the new year to come. The celebration of the new year happens at home with family. On the actual new year’s day, there’s a performance by local folk groups on the main square of Ulan-Ude (Sovyetov sq.), and good inexpensive ‘buuza’ and other traditional food is sold there. People say that the celebration of the new year goes on for a month. You visit your relatives and friends, they visit you… and you all eat ‘buuza’.