Zoya Chokaeva, about Kalmyk holidays
Zoya says that all holidays are connected with Buddhism. Zul is a birthday during which all women add a year to their age. The week after Zul, called ‘Jilin Noyon’ (Master of the Year), is when men add a year to their age. At Tsagan Sar people bake biscuits and visit each other. ‘Togshi’ biscuits are tied together with a thread to form gift bundles. People give each other these bundles.