Chinese New Year Celebrations

Posted on 21 January 2012

Join The Venetian and The Palazzo as they celebrate Chinese New Year with lavish feng shui-inspired décor and awe-inspiring events. Witness a 128-foot hand-crafted dragon breathe fire from above the 65-foot-high waterfall atrium inside The Palazzo.  Regarded as the mightiest of signs, the dragon symbolizes ambition, passion and success. Those who possess the sign of the Dragon are said to take risks, are unafraid of challenges and embody colorful personalities.

You can catch the ceremonial dragon dance and eye painting on January 23 at 1 pm, beginning at the main entrance of The Venetian. From there, the ceremony will dance its way into The Palazzo.

The M Resort invites you to celebrate the Chinese New Year on January 23 at 6 p.m. To kick-off the two week celebration a traditional Dragon Dance will be held on Monday, January 23 at 6pm to bring good luck and fortune to guests. A 63 foot-long dragon will feature adult and baby lion dancers, buddhas, musicians and festive flags and will make its way through our entire casino.  Enjoy the festive décor, Asian favorites at the Studio B Buffet and special poker room promotions.  Click here for more information.

MGM Resorts International celebrates Chinese New Year 2012, the Year of the Dragon, with exhilarating lion dances and a spectacular display at Crystals at CityCenter.

The Dragon is unique to the Asian Zodiac as it is not recognized as a real animal.  It does, however, represent a symbol of power and remains prominent in Chinese astrology.  The Dragon is viewed as a powerful almighty king made up of multiple parts of animals such as the tiger, fish, snake and eagle.  Individuals born in the Year of the Dragon tend to be powerful and often own a sharp tongue.

Lion Dances

The following schedule outlines each lion dance to be held in the respective resort’s main valet and porte cochere:

  • ARIA – Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 1 p.m.
  • Crystals – Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 1:30 p.m.
  • The Mirage – Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 4 p.m.
  • MGM Grand – Wednesday, Jan. 25 at 1 p.m.
  • Bellagio – Wednesday, Jan. 25 at 6:30 p.m.

Yau Kung Moon will perform traditional Chinese lion dances at ARIA, Bellagio, MGM Grand and The Mirage.  Yau Kung Moon, which translates to “Style of Flexible Power,” is considered one of the most-respected martial arts, dragon and lion dance organizations in the world.  It is a traditional Southern Shaolin Kung Fu system with more than 1,000 years of history.

In the 1960s, Yau Kung Moon was introduced to the United States by Grandmaster Ha Kwok Cheung’s disciples, Grandmaster Chan Jun Chuen, Grandmaster Wong Cheung and Grandmaster Wan Tak Kee.  They later passed the system onto their disciples, Master Bill Lee, Master Lok Sang Lee, Master Michael Lau and Master David Louie.

Within the lion dancing culture, Yau Kung Moon is considered one of the pioneers of Northern and Southern lion dancing (Nam Si Buk Mo) and has set an exceptionally high standard evidenced by its numerous competitions and performances.  Yau Kung Moon is known for its trademark gold uniforms and innovative routines and has been recognized internationally for being the first U.S. team to compete in the 1990 Invitational World Lion Dance Festival in Malaysia.  The group also has finished as the nine-time undefeated Chinese National Lion Dance Champions.

Crystals at CityCenter

The Flower Carpet on the first floor of Crystals at CityCenter has been decorated with a 43-foot long and 12-foot high authentic ceremonial dragon chasing a pearl symbolizing the constant pursuit of wisdom.  The dragon is surrounded by more than 4,000 flowers and plants including China mums, guzmania finest red, vriesea splendens, oncidium orchids, citrus trees and bamboo.

On Tuesday, Jan. 24, Crystals will join ARIA in its celebration with a traditional dragon dance with Kung Fu artists and Chinese performers.  Select Crystals retailers will take part in the traditions involved in the ceremonial dance by feeding the dragon cabbage as a sign of satisfying its needs along with giving the dragon a red envelope with money.  Both customs represent good luck and prosperity in the upcoming year.  The dance is scheduled to begin at approximately 1:30 p.m.

The Las Vegas Hotel (formerly the LV Hilton) will host it’s Chinese New Year Dragon Dance on Friday, January 27th at 2pm.

Caesars Entertainment celebrates the Year of the Dragon with citywide Lion Dances at its properties. On Friday, January 27th at 5pm at Harrah’s, 6:15pm at Imperial Palace, 7 p.m. at Flamingo Las Vegas, 10pm at the Rio, and on Saturday, January 28th at 12pm at Planet Hollywood, 1pm at Paris, 2pm at Bally’s, and 5pm at Caesars Palace.

Fremont Street Experience is hosting the first Chinese New Year Festival, 2012 Dragon in the Desert from January 24-28 6-11pm.  There will be  nightly community and cultural presentations, a custom Viva Vision production, authentic food offerings, and stage entertainment.

For a great recap of activities city-wide, check out the R-J’s coverage – by clicking here.


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