Gantushig Uranchimeg, an 11-year-old monk-in-training, participates in a ceremony to worship ritual vases at Khutagt Lama Gandanshadivlan Monastery in Mongolia’s Orkhon province. The ceremony, known as bumba, is meant to bring blessings and wealth to worshippers.
Margad-Erdene Erdenebileg, 18, left, and Yusunkhusel Gantumur, 11, center, wear traditional garments called deels and play the morin khuur, a horsehead fiddle, with members of the Altan Mazaalai band in Dalanzadgad, the capital of Mongolia’s Umnugovi province. The band played at the grand opening of a new theater, where children disinfected their hands and wore face masks and disposable shoe covers.
Otgonsuren Altan-Ochir, 17, paints cloth bags with eco-friendly paints at Tenkhleg, a department store in Murun, Khuvsgul province, Mongolia. Otgonsuren is making an effort to be more environmentally conscious by using these reusable bags.
Khurbilguun Sergelen, 14, shears a sheep at his neighbor’s home in Bayan, a neighborhood in the Bayandalai soum of Mongolia’s Umnugovi province. Every June and July, herders in Mongolia shear all their sheep.
Budsuren Uyanga, left, 15, and Bilguun-Orshikh Dagvasambuu, 14, demonstrate taekwondo in Dalanzadgad, a soum in Mongolia’s Umnugovi province. The Federation of Olympic Taekwondo was established in Umnugovi in July this year. Adolescent athletes from Ulaanbaatar’s Nuudelchin Taekwondo Club came to Umnugovi and organized a two-day taekwondo demonstration for the launch of the Federation.
From left, Narantsogt Gombosuren, Enkhmanlai Erdenebat and Bat-Erdene Narantsogt build a ger, or Mongolian yurt, at the Gombosuren family’s summer camp in Orkhon district, in northern Mongolia’s Bulgan province. Herder families lead nomadic lives in the countryside as they herd cattle to different seasonal camps throughout the year.
Odgerel Bayasgalan, 20, tapes the walls of the sports hall at General Education School No. 11 to paint a mural about the love and protection of nature in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Mongolia closed its borders to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, but local tourism increases over the summer.
Erdenetsogt Davaajav cooks mutton shashlik, a dish of skewered and grilled cubes of meat, during Naadam, a national festival in Mongolia. During the festival, people visit the Central Stadium in Erdenet, a city in northern Mongolia, to watch wrestling, archery, anklebone shooting and horse racing. People also enjoy traditional foods, such as shashlik, airag (fermented mare’s milk) and khuushuur (a meat pastry or dumpling).
Battsetseg Sharavjamts waters vegetables in her greenhouse in Orkhon, a soum in Darkhan-Uul, Mongolia. Battsetseg has grown vegetables at home for five years and uses them to feed her husband and three children.
Gerelmaa Chuluun, 75, exits an underground pedestrian tunnel on her way home from Darkhan Market in Mongolia’s Darkhan-Uul province. Traffic near the market caused a number of accidents involving pedestrians, so the city built an underground tunnel to provide a safe way for pedestrians to cross the street.
Amarbayasgalan Byambajav trims a tree into a heart shape in Erdenet, a city in Mongolia’s Orkhon province. Every summer, employees in the Department of Gardening and Horticulture reshape the trees in the city center.
Nasanbayar Ser-Od, a public-utility employee in Darkhan-Uul province, paints the Swing Bridge in Darkhan, Mongolia. Normally, workers finish improvement projects before June 1 each year, in time for the local Mother and Children’s Day celebrations. This year, the celebration was canceled due to the coronavirus, but workers still completed the improvement projects.
Janaga Baatar, 13, lights a candle at Gandanchoimzadlin Monastery, a temple in the Baruun Saikhan Mountains in southern Mongolia. Janaga says he has come to the monastery daily for three years to chant Buddhist teachings during his breaks from school.
Dentist Chuluunchimeg Tuul treats Khuslent Bayarsaikhan, 12, in Bayandalai, a town in southern Mongolia’s Umnugovi province. There is no dentist in Bayandalai, so people usually travel 86 kilometers (53 miles) to visit a dental clinic in the province’s capital, Dalanzadgad. This year, doctors and nurses in the Healthy Dent program visited Bayandalai for four days to provide free dental treatment for children in first to fifth grade.
Volunteer Gantugs Namnansuren hands a care package to Jargaltsetseg Nandintsetseg, 12, and Khurelchuluun Batsukh in Erdenebulgan, an area in northern Mongolia’s Arkhangai province. People in Need, an international nonprofit, donated packages to 350 low-income households as part of a campaign to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
People attend the launch of campaigns for the regular parliamentary election of the Mongolian State Great Khural (Parliament) in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. The election will be held on June 24, 2020, so the government of Mongolia adopted regulations for campaign activities. They include moving many activities online, cleaning and disinfecting areas where gatherings will be held, keeping a distance of at least 1.5 meters (about 5 feet) between attendees, avoiding physical touch, and wearing face masks.
Tsengel Tseveen, an employee at Mandalt Construction, replaces gym flooring at the Polytechnical College of Umnugovi province in southern Mongolia. Many institutions are making repairs while they’re closed due to the spread of the coronavirus.
Gankhuyag Jambaninj is a teacher at Kindergarten No. 5 in Erdenebulgan, an area in northern Mongolia’s Arkhangai province. Even though the kindergarten has been closed since late January due to the coronavirus, teachers are preparing for students to return in September. “Children miss their kindergarten very much,” Gankhuyag says, “so everything should be colorful and clean when they return.”
Badnaagarav Nyamkhuu, left, and Anu Delgerdalai, 14, combine aloe vera, pure alcohol and essential oil to make hand sanitizer at Anu’s home in Khuvsgul, Mongolia. Badnaagarav, a teacher at Erdmiin Dalai Complex School, has been working with her students to produce and bottle this sanitizer for people who cannot afford their own.
Norjmaa Durlen teaches physics at a general education school in Bayandalai, a town in southern Mongolia’s Umnugovi province. The students are preparing for university entrance exams. To comply with regulations meant to slow the spread of the coronavirus, teachers and students wear masks, maintain social distance and gather in small groups.
Turbat Batmunkh works at San Orgiu Co. Ltd., a recycling and manufacturing plant in Darkhan, a city in Mongolia’s Darkhan-Uul province. Turbat lost his hearing at the age of 5, and he has been saving money for the surgery needed to regain his hearing. Despite the threat of the coronavirus, Turbat continues to work daily, even on his days off.
Uguumur Ochirkhuyag organizes donated books for the free library she created in Murun, the center of Mongolia’s Khuvsgul province. The only public library in Murun was closed in January due to the spread of the coronavirus, leaving the community without a place to read borrowed books. Uguumur was inspired to host a free library, and her father helped by asking for support on social media. In response, people donated three refrigerators and many books. Uguumur painted the refrigerators with phrases related to books in decorative Latin, Cyrillic and traditional Mongolian scripts, and placed them in central Murun.
Shinebayar Narankhuu livestreams a piano lesson from Play Music, a music store in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia. About 100 people are watching the livestream. The store doesn’t usually offer lessons, but it’s helping customers pass time during the coronavirus lockdown with free online instruction.
Sodnomsambuu Dagvadorj makes a traditional Mongolian boot at his home in Erdenebulgan, a district in northern Mongolia’s Arkhangai province. Sodnomsambuu and his wife, Altantuya Duvdan, have been making these traditional boots for 30 years, and they produce over 200 pairs of boots each year with the help of their two daughters and two sons-in-law. Sodnomsambuu says that although they have been able to continue making shoes during the coronavirus outbreak, sales have gone down drastically.