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How To Celebrate The Year Of The Horse In Vegas

January 29, 2014 at 5:07 PM | by | ()

Although the lion and dragon typically dominate images of Chinese festivals, the 2014 Chinese New Year is the Year Of The Horse -- the seventh animal in the Asian zodiac and a symbol of nobility, class and perseverance. (It is said those who are born in the Year of the Horse tend to be intelligent, energetic and sociable.) To commemorate the occasion, hotels on and off The Strip will host traditional lion and dragon dances that you can witness in person.

MGM Resorts will put on a series of performances across its properties. Bellagio (Saturday, Feb. 1 at 4 p.m. at the main porte cochere), ARIA (Monday, Feb. 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the main porte cochere), Crystals (Friday, Jan. 31 at 1 p.m. at the entrance near Todd English P.U.B.) and MGM Grand (Friday, Jan. 31 at 6 p.m. inside the main lobby) will each host their own ceremony. Yau Kung Moon, known for its trademark gold uniforms and innovative routines, will perform the dances.

The Cosmopolitan will host a "dotting of the eyes" ceremony and street parade February 1 beginning at 2 p.m. It will begin at the east side entrance off Las Vegas Boulevard before entering the resort.

Meantime, students from Las Vegas' Meadows School will take part in a traditional dragon parade at the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace (Friday, Jan. 31 at 10 a.m.). The parade will feature 60 students from kindergarten and 60 from the fifth grade. It will be the 18th consecutive year the Meadows School has performed at the Forum Shops for this celebration.

Venetian and Palazzo will host a ceremonial dragon dance, too (January 31 at 3 p.m.), complete with firecrackers and an eye-painting ceremony. A parade of dancers and drummers dressed in authentic costumes will make its way throughout the properties, starting at the Venetian porte cochere before heading through the casino to Palazzo's Waterfall Atrium.

Gold Coast will host its annual dragon dance on February 5 at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. on the casino floor. It will be performed by the Lohan School of Shaolin. Lettuce will also be thrown at spectators. But, you want to get hit. It's considered good luck.

In Downtown Vegas, the Las Vegas Spring Festival will take place February 7-9. A jam-packed schedule, which includes live dancers, music and that random Zumba world record attempt, can be found here.

Fest sponsor Downtown Grand will also host live performances by Victoria Zhong Wei, Kevin Khoa, and Henry Chuc inside Mob Bar February 6 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Back on The Strip, Venetian/Palazzo (seen below) and Bellagio (shown in the photo gallery) are also currently featuring beautiful Chinese New Year-inspired botanical exhibits, too. Catch V&P's display through February 28 and Bellagio's through March 1.

(PHOTOS: Kelly Creative, Bellagio on Facebook, Venetian on Facebook)

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