Hop into the year of the rabbit: See what Chinese New Year’s celebrations are happening all around Las Vegas
Most of the world follows the solar calendar, meaning that the new year falls on Jan. 1. Due to the lunar calendar, however, the Chinese New Year falls on a different day each year. Regardless of what day the new year is, a celebration is always guaranteed.
On Feb. 3, we will say goodbye to the tiger and enter the rabbit, which is considered one of the most prosperous animals out of the 12 Chinese signs.
If you had an unpredictable rollercoaster of a year (as is typical of the tiger), you can finally relax in the year of the rabbit. But before you get too cozy, make sure you catch all of the festivities that Las Vegas has to offer.
From the annual Chinese New Year Festival in Chinatown to lion dances that bless the Strip, who needs another excuse to celebrate the new year all over again?
Chinese New Year celebration and Asian food festival
Experience authentic dances, performances and amazing food at the Chinese New Year Festival in Chinatown on Feb. 13. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and opens with the Lohan School of Shaolin performing a traditional lion dance under the instruction of Sifu Steven Baugh.
“We do a simple routine for the opening which is very traditional and over 1,500 years old,” said Lohan School of Shaolin student Kevin Chaparro. “It’s a big time for people to create new beginnings. A lot of [the performances], like the lion dance, are to create good luck and wealth. It’s a time to look back on the year and begin the year with new hopes.”
The Lohan School of Shaolin has more than 40 lion dance performances scheduled between Feb. 3 and 19 in Las Vegas.
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$3 for adults
$1 for children (ages 6 – 12)
2. MADAME TUSSAUDS:
The house of famous wax sculptures is adding Jackie Chan to its list of celebrities to launch its Chinese New Year celebration. In addition to a wax figure of Chan, Tussauds will be dressing up some of its celebrity figures, like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, in traditional Chinese outfits to honor the new year.
3. THE STRIP:
This hotel is known for its beautiful flower conservatory, but the elegant casino has really gone all-out for Chinese New Year.
Make sure you bring a camera along on your walk through the gardens. Red Chinese lanterns hang from the ceiling while rabbits, warriors, boats and scenes of ancient China adorn the conservatory for an experience that makes you feel like you went to Beijing instead of Vegas.
“We have exceptionally talented individuals who began the design process nearly one year ago,” said Greg Shulman, vice president of international marketing for MGM Resorts International. “This year’s theme is the culmination of many months of research and hard work.”
Check out the Palazzo at the Venetian for additional Chinese New Year lion and dragon dances on Feb. 13 at 3 p.m. with an encore celebration on Feb. 14 at 1 p.m. You can also catch dances by the Lohan School of Shaolin throughout the week at various locations on the Strip.
Visit www.lvlohans.org for dates and times.