Monday, March 21, 2011


Mongolians have unique customs and traditions that date back centuries. Please observe that Mongolian is really auspicious country, so every guest’s effort to follow those rules and customs. Please welcome, those are:
 §  If you are roll up your sleeves in a ger it means that you are ready to fight your host.
 §  If your host wishes you well, a suitable reply is to wish that their sheep fatten or that their horses may grow stronger.
 §  To whistle in the ger or lean against an upright is very bad luck.
 §  A guest should tell the host where he is form why; the host would consider it rude if the information were not freely given.
 §  Men traditionally offer snuff; it is refuse.
 §  Breaking the earth’s slumber (ploughing, digging soil) is supposed to be very unlucky.
 §  Do not shake your hands with your gloves on, even if its minus 50 degrees.
 §  Always move around the stove clockwise.
 §  Bowls will be offered with the right hand or both; receive them in the same way.
 §  Squat or kneel; if you are given a stool, tuck your feet beneath you, not straight out.
 §  Before entering, cough or make some noise to warn host that you are no evil intensions.
 §  When visiting to pass on a gift or parcel, do not put it down on the floor; put it somewhere higher place. On the table or on the altar which is a sigh of respect for the host.
 §  Wait your host to show you to your seat. Mongolians observe a strict seating plan in the ger. The northern end is where the hosts sits; the eastern side is for hostess western side is for guests.
 §  If your trip over the threshold when entering, just wish plenty of profit. But you trip up when you are leaving premises, you should come back to in and leave the place again, or the occupants may suffer loss.
 §  No one should pass in front of a pregnant woman, to do so may show disrespect to the future possibly important person, no one knows what positions the baby will occupy when an adult. Mongolians offer great respect to future unborn citizens.
 §  When passing over a knife or scissors, try to give them with the handle towards the recipient. This means you are not threatening them, and you trust them.
 §  The hunter never enters the ger with gun but leaves it outside on the ger.
 §  Don’t sparkle water on the stove or fire. It is believed that this could harm the spirit of fire living there.
 §  In a show of deep respect, Mongolians may welcome you with a long khadag (blue silk scarf)and a silver cup of milk. You do not have to drink all the milk. It is only polite to at least taste it or touch your lips to cup before passing it to your neighbor.
 §  In a totally opposite way to western customs, when you enter a ger, keep hat on your head as a sigh of respect. You will find that your host, especially in the countryside, will put his hat on to welcome you.
 §  Don’t lick clean the cup of tea or airag
 §  Never shout at or beat a horse. The horse is considered man’s best friend. 

1 comment:

Dorieke said...

Thanks for this information. However, it doesn't make our stay in the countryside easier as we have to take and read this list every time we get near a ger ;)