CULTURAL TIPS

Please
  • Keep your hat on when entering a ger, if you are wearing one, but lift it as a sign of greeting
  • Receive things with the right hand or both hands and ensure that your sleeves are rolled down
  • Ensure you remove your gloves when shaking hands, if you are wearing them
  • Walk round inside the ger in a clockwise direction
  • Receive food, a gift or anything similar from a Mongolian with both hands or with the right hand supported at the wrist or elbow
  • Take at least a sip or nibble of the delicacies offered pick up things with an open hand, with your palm facing upwards
  • Grab the hand of a Mongolian if you have accidentally kicked their feet sit with your feet underneath you of cross-legged
  • Leave a small gift, other than money, for your hosts
Please don’t
  • Let a post or fence come between you if you are walking with Mongolians
  • Whistle inside a ger or house
  • Let your feet point in the direction of the altar (which will be in the north side) when sitting in a ger
  • Let people walk over your outstretched legs
  • Tread on the threshold of the ger when you walk over it
  • Lean against a support column furniture or wall of the ger
  • Stamp out a fire or put water or any rubbish on it; fire is sacred
  • Walk in front of an older person
  • Turn your back to the altar and religious objects at the back of the ger
  • Have long conversations in your own language in front of hosts who don’t understand it
  • Point a knife in the direction of anyone
  • Pass anything to a Mongolian with just two fingers
  • Take food from a plate with your left hand