Tsagaan Sar or white month, at the end of February, brings the Mongolian New Year and the beginning of springtime. With temperatures going back above zero during the day and during the night around -5°C, the days start getting longer.
In April, after 10 months of pregnancy, the mares give birth to their foals and the steppes begin to fill with young life. In Winter, the milking of cows and ewes falls to a minimum due to the cold, with the animals fat reserve diminishing.
The rise in temperature progressively brings us through Spring to Summer, with as main food source dairy products, the so called white food or tsagaan idee, like milk, yoghurt and cheese, dried in order to preserve.