Mongolian New Years – Tsagaan Sar And You Are Invited!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOn March 21, 2015 at 2:00 PM at the Fairhaven Rug Gallery (901 Harris Avenue), and with the generous sponsorship of the Fairhaven Rug Gallery, the Bellingham Sister Cities Association is pleased to invite all to Tsagaan Sar for an afternoon of music, stories, delicious food, good friends, and shared cultures. Tsagaan Sar (Mongolian New Year) is a celebration hosted by Blue Sky Education Project, Bellingham Sister Cities Association, and Fairhaven Rug Gallery.

8th_Arjia_RinpocheArjaa Rinpoche, the spiritual teacher of the Mongolians and Tibetans in America, will be joining our festivities this year. Arjia Rinpoche is the only Tibetan high lama of Mongolian descent. He excels in the knowledge and understanding of Tibetan art, architecture and the Tibetan Language. He has given classes in Buddhist Art and Sutra throughout the United States, Canada, Taiwan, India and Guatemala. In 1999, Rinpoche built a three-dimensional Kalachakra mandala and presented it to the Dalai Lama. Later, the Dalai Lama donated this mandala to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC.

Mongolian MusiciansIt is a potluck!

Please bring a dish to share. Donations will be accepted in lieu of a dish. All proceeds will go to support the Children’s Cancer Center that Arjaa Rinbuche established in Mongolia last year.

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About our sponsor, Fairhaven Rug Gallery – “Nearly every inch of his 6,000-square-foot gallery is covered in stunning carpets, stretching across the floor between waist-high piles of rugs and hanging on ropes from the high ceiling. Lighting fit for a museum illuminates the brilliant colors and textures of his approximately 3,000 rugs, some over 20 feet long, complemented with art and artifacts from his travels through the Middle East. Fathali said he is known for having oversized rugs, something that not only draws buyers from Vancouver and Seattle, but often from across the country. He relies mainly on word-of-mouth advertising, counting on satisfied customers to return and bring their friends.”

– Mark Stayton, Bellingham Business Journal

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