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lama itigelov29 200 250Days of worship of the Pandido Khambo Lama Itigelov
8 times a year

During 8 major Buddhist holidays Datsan’s guests are able to see the imperishable body of Itigelov.



A few years ago the datsan became a place of pilgrimage due to the imperishable body of the 12th Pandido Khambo Lama Dashi-Dorzhi Itigelov. In 1927 he took the lotus position and plunged into deep meditation. Before he had ordered disciples to exhume his body after some time and had promised to come back alive. 30 years later the body was taken out of the grave. It was found to have been miraculously preserved, as if he’d only died yesterday.

Access to the relic starts from 9 a.m. and lasts to 7 p.m. However, try to come to the datsan by 4pm, when the number of pilgrims is significantly reduced. Entering the temple, switch off your cell phone and remove bags from shoulders as when bowing they might slip down and distract you.

Venue: Ivolginsky Datsan
Event cost: Free
Schedule 2019:
4 February 2019
15 March 2019
19 April 2019
18 May 2019
6 July 2019
2 October 2019
19 November 2019
21 December 2019
23 February 2020


ulan-ude events sagaalgan

23 Februrary 2020

The word “Sagaalgan” is translated as “White Month” from the Buryat language and is associated with coming spring.



Sagaalgan is a New Year by Lunar Calendar. Almost every family in Buryatia irrespective of the faith and nationality celebrates the holiday. During the Sagaalgan different kinds of entertainment such as concerts, shows, musical festivals are held, one of them is the international youth musical competition “White Month”.

It is the custom to see New Year in with white foods: milk, curds, sour cream, sheep cheese, etc. A common meal often includes ‘buuza’, a big meat dumpling with holes on top to let steam out while it’s being cooked.

Sagaalgan symbolizes the beginning of a new life and coming of spring. It takes a long time to prepare for the holiday. For a few days, temples hold public services to call for a fortunate new year. People clean their houses and prepare delicious New Year’s food.

There is the ritual fire on the area of Ivolginsky Datsan — “Dugzhuuba”. People must throw pieces of the old clothes into the fire to burn their sins.

Sagaalgan was resumed as a public holiday in 1990. Since then the first day of the New Year according to the lunar calendar is a day off in the Buryat Republic.

Venues: Different locations around the Buryat Republic
Event cost: Free


Ulan Ude events maslenitsaMaslenitsa
24 February 2020

Maslenitsa is a traditional Russian festival, a mix of pagan beliefs and Christian traditions, which marks the end of winter. It is also known as Pancake Week.



The traditional Slavic holiday is the fun farewell of winter, which is illuminated by the joyful expectation of the approaching warmth, the spring renewal of nature. Popular festivities and all sorts of fun – games, rides from the mountains on sleds, taking snow fortresses and much more await all those who want fun and enthusiasm.

Venue: Ethnographic Museum of Buryatia
Event cost: Free


ulan ude events Paskha

Paskha (Easter)
19 April 2020

The Orthodox festival and holiday celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.



Easter (Resurrection of Christ) is the most important and bright holiday of the Orthodox calendar. In the Russian folk tradition, Easter was celebrated as a triumph of renewal and rebirth of life. Rejoicing and joy of spring day, concert programs with perky songs, dances, round dance in the open air
are waiting for you, friends!

Venue: Ethnographic Museum of Buryatia
Event cost: Free


museum ulan-ude eventsMuseums at Night
16-17 May 2020

Almost all museums of Buryatia will be accessible free of charge all day long until late at night.


Museums at Night is an annual festival designed to encourage people into museums, galleries and heritage sites by showing off the best they have to offer.

Venue: Different museums of the Buryat Republic
Event cost: Free


museum ulan-ude eventsDay of Buryat Republic
30 May 2020

Day of the Republic of Buryatia is one of the significant holidays of Ulan-Ude residents. The celebration takes place in almost all cultural institutions.


Ethnocultural festivals, historical exhibitions, concerts, entertainment for children will be held. A large program awaits the residents
and guests of the capital, revealing the history of the republic, as
well as the culture and traditions of the peoples inhabiting the
territory of Buryatia.

Venue: Council Square
Event cost: Free


ulan ude events choir assembly

Republican choir assembly/Youth dance battle
June 2020

On the Day of Russia in Concil Square the choir assembly teams of cultural and leisure institutions, universities, colleges, children’s art schools, and secondary schools of the republic will attend.



In addition, in the Youth Dance Battle in team competitions and individual battles dancers will compete not only from our republic, but also dancers from neighboring regions.

Venue: Council Square
Event cost: Free


ulan ude surkharbaan

July 2020

On Surkharban the best bators (warriors-wrestlers), the Mergens (sharpshooters), horses and dexterous riders will meet at the Central Stadium of the Republic of Buryatia.



There will be competitions in the Buryat wrestling «bүkhe barildaan», archery, weight-lifting, breaking the spinal bone «kheer shaalgan» and the traditional dice «shagai naadan». The evening will end with a grand festive
concert, a gift for the audience will be performances of favorite stars of opera, folk art and pop.

Venue: Republican Center of Folk Art
Event cost: Free


International Music Festival “Voice of nomads”
July 2020

The Festival “Voice of Nomads” takes place in Buryatia since 2009. The concept of the festival is the idea of the ethnic diversity of cultures.



The 11th time the festival gives the audience a waterfall of world music rhythms. Every year in the festival «Voice of the nomads» participate musicians of the highest level, who on the basis of folk music create a contemporary musical art. The geography of participants is increasing every year. Teams of Buryatia, Tuva, Moscow and St. Petersburg, China, Mongolia, Ukraine, Hungary, Norway, the USA, Japan, Belgium, Brazil, Zimbabwe, Niger, France took part in the festival, becoming its friends.

This year’s festival will be held again in the tourist complex «Steppe nomads» in the ancient Buryat village Atsagat (50 km from Ulan-Ude).

Visitors will see folklore performances, take part in traditional games and rites, try traditional food of different cultures. Among other activities: horse and camel riding, archery, bead embroidery, Lapta and Shagay games.

Venue: Atsagat settlement located 50 km far from Ulan-Ude
How to get to Atsagat settlement: For all the guests of the festival the transportation will be organized from Ulan-Ude to the tourist complex “Steppe nomad”. All the buses will have the sign with a logo of the festival “Voice of Nomads” (Rus: Голос Кочевников). The cost of the transportation for both ways is included in the cost of a festival ticket, just show the festival ticket to a bus driver.
Event cost: up to 2,000 rub


ulan-ude events city day

Ulan-Ude city day
5 September 2020 (To be confirmed)

Ulan-Ude will be celebrating its 353rd anniversary on 7 September 2019. Do not miss this event if you are anywhere near the city.



Traditionally the celebration starts at 11:00 on Sovetov square, continues until 20:00 hours and culminates with concerts and fireworks. Special events are held at venues including pedestrian part of Lenina str. (also known as Arbat) and Revolyutsii square.

Venues: Sovyetov Square, Revolyutssii Square, Lenin st, Prospect Pobedy
Event cost: Free


thousand candles photoZula-Khural
December 2020

Zula-Hural is the traditional festival of the Buddhists, which is held on the twenty-fifth day of the first winter month of the lunar calendar.



Zula-Khural is dedicated to the great Bogd Tsongkhapa, a reformer of Tibetan Buddhism, the founder of the Gelugpa school, who is considered earthly incarnation of Bodhisattva Manjushri. A thousand candles will be traditionally lit during the divine service at Ivolginsky Datsan.

Venue: Ivolginsky Datsan
Event cost: Free


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