Otgonchimeg Baldanjamts stands at an altar after offering money to the gods at Khamar Monastery in Sainshand, Dornogovi province, Mongolia. Some worshippers believe the monastery, founded in 1820, is the center of energy in the world.
Purevsuren Lhagvajav, a member of Umnugovi province’s Music and Drama Theater, performs in the musical “Blue Sun” during a rehearsal for the Saint Muse International Theater Festival in Umnugovi province, Mongolia.
Racers urge their camels toward the finish line during the Ten Thousand Camel Festival in Dalanzadgad, Umnugovi province, Mongolia. More than 120 camel riders and 3,500 attendees participated in the event.
From left, Tserendulam Gantulga, 8, Delgerbayar Byambatsogt, 11, and Gegeennaran Balsanjargal, 8, play yatgas, traditional Mongolian plucked zithers, in Erdenebulgan, Arkhangai province, Mongolia. The students performed for their parents after practicing for 45 days.
Munkhbat Sambuu, an employee in Arkhangai province’s urban landscaping department, stands next to a bridge at a park in Erdenebulgan, Arkhangai province, Mongolia. Road maintenance personnel will elevate the bridge and build dams to prevent flooding from melting ice and snow.
Algirmaa Undralsaikhan, right, observes as Nyamsuren Bayandelger measures Suvd-Erdene Otgonbayar’s eyebrows in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Nyamsuren, who teaches how to tattoo long-lasting eyebrows, doesn’t see the tattoos as a means of making money but as a way of enhancing beauty.
Sarantsetseg Enkhtuvshin, 7, right, plays checkers with Buyanbayan Enkhtuvshin, 9, left, in Erdenebulgan, Arkhangai province, Mongolia. The Arkhangai 100 Shot Checkers Championship for children ages 5 to 16 was held after COVID-19 restrictions were lifted.
Students dance with small flags to welcome the Olympic torch at General Education School No. 2 in Dalanzadgad, Umnugovi province, Mongolia. As part of a campaign to promote the Olympics and physical education, the torch was passed to all general education schools in the province.
Zayabat Khurelbaatar holds a sheep to be tested for disease in Erdenet, Orkhon province, Mongolia. Zayabat, who regularly tests his livestock, says it’s important for herders to have healthy animals to increase their numbers.
Buten-Itgel Rashzeveg, 2, plays with a lamb in Bayandalai, Umnugovi province, Mongolia. Herders typically shelter baby animals in gers, traditional dwellings, and burn dry manure inside to keep them warm.
Nyam-Ochir Khongorzul, 15, stands among goats in Zavkhan, Uvs province, Mongolia. Nyam-Ochir, who helps his parents tend the livestock during school vacations, says herding comes with many responsibilities.
Temuujin Bolor-Erdene, 10, makes a robot in Dalanzadgad, Umnugovi province, Mongolia. eGobi, a nonprofit, has taught more than 400 children since 2017 and focuses on science, technology, engineering, art and math.
Purevsambuu Bold, center, drives a horse-drawn sled for ice festival attendees at Khuvsgul Lake in Khatgal, Khuvsgul province, Mongolia. The festival, Blue Pearl 2022, which features various winter activities, marked its 20th anniversary after a two-year hiatus due to the coronavirus.
Purevbaatar Tserendash carves the head of a morin khuur, also known as a horsehead fiddle, in Murun, Khuvsgul province, Mongolia. Purevbaatar, who has been making instruments for 10 years, says the sound of the fiddle keeps evil at bay.
Ganzaya Baatarsukh pins Khuslen Otgonbayar during a judo match in Dalanzadgad, Umnugovi province, Mongolia. About 200 athletes from 24 organizations competed at the national championship, which was held in the province for the first time.
Nandin-Erdene Namkhaidogdon, 4, left, and Aminjin Otgonbaatar, 4, learn numbers from one to five at kindergarten No. 25 in Umnugovi province, Mongolia. Mongolian public schools resumed in-person learning in February, after approximately two years of pandemic restrictions.
Azbileg Khongorzul, 14, collects camel dung from a livestock yard in Zavkhan, Uvs province, Mongolia. Azbileg helps her parents prepare fuel from camel droppings while her school is closed due to coronavirus restrictions.
Myagmardorj Tserenkhuu, a food technologist, shapes dough before placing it in a wooden mold in Erdenebulgan, Arkhangai province, Mongolia. During Lunar New Year celebrations, Mongolians layer these traditional pastries, kheviin boov, to create a table centerpiece.
Chinbat Gonchigjamts, right, aims a bow during a provincial tournament of Uriankhai, one of three types of traditional Mongolian archery, on a frozen river in Murun, Khuvsgul province, Mongolia. In this competition, organized to promote the national sport and prepare for the Naadam festival in summer, archers judge each other’s performances.
Erdenesuvd Munkhbat teaches Oyunbat Temuulel, 6, a finger-based counting method at Mongolian Intellectual Academy in Murun, Khuvsgul province, Mongolia. At the academy, children aged 4 to 10 learn to quickly add or subtract multiple numbers without a calculator.