Practitioners of the living heritage in Mongolia have been affected differently in this situation. Since January 2020, the Government of Mongolia has taken effective measurements against Covid-19 and the situation related to Covid-19 is under the control.
Living heritage and its practitioners in Mongolia have been affected differently in the influence of Covid-19, depending on the domains. Most affected living heritage and practitioners are from domains of folk performing art, social rituals, practices, and festive events and traditional craftsmanship, and in reverse, the domain knowledge and practices concerning nature and universe and oral traditions less affected.
In relation to the situation, new initiatives are coming from related state organizations and practitioners for promoting the living heritage and its practitioners by online, and new digital contents and promotional audio and video materials were produced and broadcasted through national and other media organizations.
Below you will see some initiatives and updates related to living heritage in Mongolia since January, 2020:
“Mongolian traditional customs associated to Tsagaan Sar”
Mongolians celebrate the traditional Tsagaan Sar Festival as a passing of one year and a welcoming of a new one. This is the triple celebration for passing of the severe winter safe-and-sound, welcoming a new year, and a celebration of getting wiser. Before the end of the old year, Mongolians endeavor to repay debts and resolve disagreements so as to enter the forthcoming year without lingering resentment or misfortune. The tradition of Tsagaan Sar Festival comprises of complex proceedings as bituulekh (to celebrate the day before Tsagaan sar), preparing the banquet, dairy products and mutton for the feast, zolgokh (greet each other), honoring the elders and telling well-wishing, propitious words to each other. During the celebration of Tsagaan Sar, family and kin gather in a respectful atmosphere to renew and solidify ties, particularly between young and old.
Within this ongoing pandemic “Covid-19”, Mongolians have celebrated the “Tsagaan Sar” at home and online way (avoiding from any visit) between 24 and 28th of February, 2020 and the Government of Mongolia, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Sports, and the Ministry of Health have made several appeals and initiations in relation to the celebration of “Tsagaan Sar” and the “Covid-19”.
“Tsets” TV program for children
The National Center for Cultural Heritage and the “Mongolian National Academy for Children’s Film” have initiated the TV program “Tsets” or “ The Wise” for the general public, especially for children those who quarantined at home during this ongoing pandemic Covid-19.
During this half-hour TV program, children will learn more about traditional culture, custom and living style of nomadic Mongols through answering questions and spend their time properly. Indeed, this program gives much contribution to disseminate the knowledge and practices associated to living heritage in Mongolia.
The TV program is being broadcasted to general public from April 4th until 1st of June, 2020 and total of 8 episodes will be broadcasted in this time. The program features role model children who are actively learning and practicing their national heritage and who have won in the international competitions. Children who won in each episode will attend the state proverb competition “The Wise” later.
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