Mongolians hopeful about Year of the Rabbit

Mongolian traditions get plenty of use during Tsagaan Sar week
According to the lunar calendar, the Year of the Rabbit begins on February 3, 2011. The Year of the Rabbit offers hope as well as warning of peril. Tsagaan Sar (White Moon) is Mongolia’s New Year’s; a symbolic holiday where people express their respect for elders and each other, welcome the New Year, exchange gifts and seek well-being. It is considered  to add one year of age to every person and marks the beginning of the New Year cycle following a long, cold winter.
The so called “Ass” iron Rabbit Year will be fortunate for people who are planning to live together in coming year. There are 14 days left to celebrate the New Year by the traditional Mongolian calendar.
Astrologers and monks explain. in their own way, the general features of the so called “Ass” coming White Rabbit Year of the 60 years cycle.
The traditional “zolgoh” (greeting) ceremony will take place on the first day of the New Year. In this article , we will introduce the main features of the Rabbit Year described by Dr. Professor L.Terbish who studies Mongolian astronomy in combination with present-day scientific research.
The year’s basic feature predicts and forecasts how the position and movement of celestial bodies in that particular year influence our planet.
Grass, crop, potatoes and vegetables are supposed to grown in abundance in the so called “Ass” iron Rabbit
Year, but there is a danger of being destroyed by steppe mice and locusts.
The Year of Rabbit might have plenty of rain, the State and government become strong and powerful, the country abundant in grain and live in peace. Strong winds might increase in the middle of each quarter; snow is
expected to fall in the spring season with some snowing and hailstorms in the beginning of summer and end of
fall. Heavy snowing is expected at the beginning of the winter season.
The Rabbit Year is likely to be peaceful for old people, severe for the young and sensitive for small children.
It is desirable to fulfill duties carefully and with responsibility. Praying and benefaction will be conducted in abundance. Flowers and fruits will blossom, livestock successfully raised and grown. It will be raining and if the attitude of the people towards nature and environment is right, they will benefit from it.
One of old books says that “if a person wants to be right and good, there needs to be a right basket”. In other words, the basket should not be upside down; secondly, it should not have holes here and there; thirdly, the basket needs to be very clear, without any dirt inside it. The golden basket though it is very nice on the surface must not be dirty inside. The humans need to purify their soul. If an organism is pure, the basket itself will become good. We often say that the environment and nature are not improving, but never concede that it’s our own deeds that make nature become worse

Would you explain the reason of coinciding of the Year of Rabbit and of the first day of the New Year? The first day of the New Year in the coming Year of Iron Rabbit of the XYII 60 years cycle coincides on two days. To find the reason for thi s we must have some explanation in Mongolian astrology. There are three systems of chronology in the world. The people of Jesus Christ religion use the Argyn toolol or European system of chronology (chronology by method). This chronology is made by observing the solar position over one year and is classified as old and new. The European chronology system used since the 1st year to 1582 was called as the Julian calendar and was then followed by Gregorian calendar. The countries of Islam religion used to follow the solar chronology system based on Arabian astrology. The Mongolian chronology system we use is called Tegus Buyantu zurkhai system, developed in 1747 by the great Mongolian saint Sunbe khambo Ishbaljir (1704-1788). It is possible to create the old Mongolian Tsaglabar or Lit developed at the decree of Chinggis Khan and continuing to 1747. If, the day coincides in the zurkhai text, the first day must be followed. If it ends, the second day must be followed. Therefore, this year the first day, or February 3rd must be considered as the first day of the New Year. The Mongolian zurkhai chronology is based on the movement of the moon and os therefore more reliable because it suits the movements of celestial bodies.
Nature and climate have seriously changed in recent years. It is said the Mayas calendar is ending in 2012 and that the end of the Earth is approaching.
According to zurkhai science of classical Buddhism, the world is very old. To live long and happy means taking care of yourself, avoiding illness and not being involved in evil deeds. If you strike, punch or kick  the head of a person who was going to live 100 years he will certainly die. So, we, the people, are the reasons our land is destroyed. People destroy this world because of their own greed.
There are few people who live for 100 years, but some strive to possess and eat what could be possessed by several thousand people, this is greed. No, the earth will not end in 2012. Gold is a screw of the earth; if gold will be taken, the earth will be like a basket without screws. The land we are living in can be compared with the basket If screws are taken off, the basket will fall down and break and our land will become an empty basket.

Head of the Gandantegchilen Monastery, Khambo lama D.Choijamts said:
As the Year of Rabbit is favorable for elderly, severe for the young and sensitive for small children, the young and old must be cared and tendered alike and the young must be friendly. The happiness and the sorrow of many or for individuals is not the same as for their consequence and outcome. Traditionally, all people meet  the Mongolian New Year in a peaceful way, greeting each other with right words, avoid pronouncing bad words and exercise bad deeds, freeing themselves of greed and anger and performing good for others. During the Tsagaan Sar the elderly offer valuable instruction for young people and perform verbally with high respect and attention in their gestures. Gift giving is considered a good deed, and the gift should be given from the bottom of the heart.

Lama G.Purevbat:
The purity in body, language, and in the soul must be the three basic factors to be admired and revered on the basis of which the so-called white festivity is traditionally marked in the first month of the particular year.
The Great Chinggis Khan considered this festival as the birthday for every person. The Tsagaan Sar or the New Year of the Mongols was the supreme holiday of all holidays. This was the symbol of purity without the slightest black spot. Though from the point of view of white dairy products, in the sense of color whiteness, it means all bad must be eradicated without leaving a black spot and be preserved as pure, bright and tranquil.
This is why it was forbidden to see evil things with your eyes, to hear it with your ears and to perform evil deeds bodily. The first day of the New Year was considered to be the day of adherence to being pure in language, soul and body.
In the year 1206, the great Mongolian empire was founded in the last winter month of the year o f the Blue Bull, and in the beginning of the spring of the Red Tiger year of the III 60 years cycle. In that time, the ceremony of elevating Temuujin to the throne as Chinggis Khaan took place.
This particular period was considered the holiday of the establishment of Great Mongolia and was marked as a tradition in the spring of the New Year. During this holiday, Chinggis Khaan conferred awards to 88 deserving people, pardoned criminals and bestowed State favors to the poor and deprived. The old people were also encouraged with awards. It was considered good luck to greet and welcome each other early in the morning with the rising sun.

Ch.Dambajav, Khambo lama of Dashchoilyn Monastery:
- According to the drawing of astrologers, the New Year will be peaceful for old people, severe for the young and sensitive for children with plenty of rain, good grass and vegetation. It is necessary to safeguard nature and the environment and to rightly possess wealth. Beginning from the first day to the 15th, the mood is becoming bigger. People will strive to perform the religious ritual for expelling evil deeds during this time. The grand charting will be being held in the first 15 days of the New Year.

Astrologer of the Dashchoilin Monastery Baatarkhuu: 
The year of the iron Rabbit nicknamed “Ass” will be difficult. The rabbit and hare are animals which are always afraid of others. To give to someone and to receive from someone are different things. This will be the year of losing everything, but this could be repaired. The Dashchoilin Monastery will perform Gombo at the beginning of the month, Choijoo prayer in the middle of the month and Lkham at the end of the month. It will be a difficult spring. I am drawing the 32 year drawing zurkhai. I am doing the zurkhai or lit since 1980 and up to 2015. The situation in the world will be really complicated. Strong winds will blow, sun will heat, heavy rains will occur, and war conflict situations arise. There is no need for everyone to perform right tracing, leave it to the family head. According to my zurkhai drawing there would be some natural phenomena including earthquakes. But anyway, the Year of Rabbit will favor us.
According to the Oriental calendar the year 2011 or the Rabbit Year will be good for family life and will favor newlyweds for a whole year. The Iron Rabbit Year will bring love and happiness to your family. The rabbit is considered an animal which generates warmth, care and love and an animal loved by children. The pair who was in quarrel seems to reunite and love each other again in the year of the Rabbit. Happiness and luck are supposed to follow children born in the Rabbit Year
  source: The Mongol Messenger newspaper



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