Still, there is some difference in dates (the first new moon in spring that appears in a space between the end of January and the middle of March), so the Buryat New Years Day is not always celebrated on the same date as the Chinese New Years Day.
The Buryats have their own name for this holiday Sagaalgan which stands for White Month.
The chief river systems are the Selenga, a navigable river flowing into Lake Baikal, and the Vitim, a northward-flowing tributary of the .
The Buryat people compose only one-fourth of the republic’s population (the remainder being mostly Russian).
About 60 percent of the population lives in urban areas, with the greatest concentration in the .
Wrestling is the most important of the Mongolian culture's historic "Three Manly Skills", that also include horsemanship and archery.
Genghis Khan considered wrestling to be an important way to keep his army in good physical shape and combat ready.