Mongolian Culture

What to know when you visit Mongolian family for the first time?

What to know when you visit Mongolian family for the first time?

Mongolia is truly one of the world’s last undiscovered travel destinations and the safest country to visit. It is a land where you can experience wide-open spaces, cobalt blue skies, forests, deserts, crystal clear rivers and lakes, and the traditional hospitality of the nomads. Mongolians are as kind and hospitable as the steppe. In this vast area, there is a custom of leaving the house unlocked while herding, and always leaving the kettle with tea to make a drink weary traveler. So what should you look for when visiting a Mongolian family for the first time?

1.When you enter their home

In Mongolia, everything should go clockwise. For example: when you go around the rock pile, turning the wheels in monastery,

1. When you enter their home

In Mongolia, everything should go clockwise. For example: when you go around the rock pile, turning the wheels in monastery,

2.Do not sit in the middle

When you visit a Mongolian family for the first time, the hosts will greet you warmly. This is a Mongolian tradition of treating foreign guests with respect. Although it is possible to sit to the left, it is rude to focus on the ger.

3. If you brought some gift

In some places, they give gifts and sweets when they visit in someone’s house. The opposite is true here. Giving a gift before visiting a family is an insult to the family, so it is a good idea to give a gift as a token of gratitude when you leave or receive a friendly visit. It is better to give a gift to his wife and sweets to his children.

4. If they give you some drinks

After visiting a Mongolian family, you will be given a sample of a dish (usually curd, drill, boortsog), tea (usually with milk). Even if you are allergic or don’t want to drink anything at the time, you don’t have to drink it, you can take it and leave it on the table. By doing so, you will be appreciative of the family’s friendliness and hospitality.

5. When you sit

For Mongolians, fire is a symbol of dignity, and a fire-burning stove is a continuation of that lineage and is the most revered thing. It is a great insult to touch it with one’s feet, to sit with one’s feet on the stove, and to sit with one’s back turned.

6. Do not hug or touch the pillars

Mongolians believe that hugging a pillar means calling a problem into your life, because all the pressure of the house is on the two pillars. In addition, the two pillars symbolize the couple, or a husband and wife, so they never go between them.