Elista, November 11, Interfax - The monks of the Golden Abode of the Buddha Shakyamuni (Burkhan Bakshin Altan Sume) in Elista conduct religious rites on the eve of the Kalmyk Zul fest celebrated on December 1.
"According to eastern horoscope, the coming 2011 will be the Year of the White Rabbit. By astrologic forecasts, it will bring comfort, warmth and hospitality. It might be more complicated for those born in the Rooster Year and in the Rabbit Year," Lobsang Gyatso, a monk in the Golden Abode, told Interfax.
According to him, it is necessary to conduct specific rites to remove obstacles and extend lifetime for mitigating any possible negative impacts.
The Kalmyks also celebrate the Zul holiday as the birthday of Je Tsongkhapa who reached nirvana on this day.
Traditionally, on this day the Kalmyks conduct the rite to extend their lifetime by adding one more year to their lives.