What are Mongolian people like?
We have put together, all the comments made by our guests to give you a real feel of what Mongolian people are really like.
"Mongolia People are incredibly warm-hearted"
They are unconstrained and treat others warmly and are very polite.
They greet everyone they meet during their travels even when they do not know you.
They have a culture of welcoming guests with khadag - a traditional ceremonial scarf. Khadag comes in five different colors. The most popular is blue symbolizing the blue sky of Mongolia. Other colors are yellow, white, red, and green. Blue, yellow, and white khadags can be given to a person - blue and white to parents and honored guests. Yellow khadag is offered to Buddhist monks. Green and red khadags are used in religious ceremonies aren't gifted to others. If person offering khadag holds it stretched, with both hands, receiver should understand it as a gesture of offering and accept the scarf.
“The People of Mongolia are very resilient”
The nomadic way of life for the Mongolian people enables them to be self-reliant, and adaptable to outside forces like weather and engenders a spirit of working together, helping each other in times of need. The lifestyle also engenders a laid-back, take-things-as- they-come attitude.
Mongolians are flexible and if say one pasture is not good, they can just move to the next one without much resistance.
“The Mongolian People are diverse”
Citizens of the Republic of Mongolia or Mongolians are members of broader ethnic group known as Mongols. Mongols are native to Mongolia, the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region of China, and some parts of Russia, predominantly Buryatia and Kalmykia.
In 2020, in Mongolia lived 19 different ethic groups of the Mongolian people. Ninety-seven percent of them were ethnic Mongols, among whom a subgroup of Khalkh or Khalkha Mongols made up around 86 percent of population. The tiny, remaining percentage included ethnic groups of Turkic origins such as Kazakhs or Tuvans.
“The Nomads of Mongolia are sincere and welcoming”
Mongolians are hospitable, warm and straightforward people.
They are welcoming to strangers travelling on their grassland to stay in their gers for the night. They will treat you (their guest) to delicious suutei tsai or milk tea, steamed mutton dumplings buuz, or airag, an light alcoholic drink made of fermented mares milk. On leaving, as a guest you will be invariably be given a warm send-off by your hosts.
Many of the customs revolve around young people showing respect to older people.
As a guest, traditional custom requires that you be greeted cheerfully and warmly because you are considered a main source of news from the outside world.
“All the Mongolian People’s yurts were just so inviting”
A Mongolian ger (yurt) is a rounded tent made up of a wooden lattice structure and covered with wool felt and canvas. Yurts have a roof top opening called toono that serves as window and ventilation. Doors of the ger always face south. They frequently painted orange - the color symbolizing fire and warmth.
A decent yurt has the layer of wool felt ensuring the heat stays inside and also it remains far cool in the summer season. In the middle of the yurt stands a large metal stove used for cooking and keeping the ger warm.
Gers are popularly used as an accommodation in tourist camps. They are very comfortable and spruced to meet the standards of foreign travellers. In some, upgraded versions, you'll find electricity, toilets, and showers. Simpler, more popular gers have a small table with stools and wooden beds lined with clean sheets and a thick blanket. Most ger camps have a larger ger used as a restaurant serving Wester and Mongolian dishes.
Only by staying in a Mongolian Yurt you'll get the true Mongolian experience.