Chinese New Year celebration in Vegas is a huge event, since Strip casinos cater to so many Chinese gamblers. This year, I was particularly into it, since it’s my year, year of the snake. To get good luck for the year (I hope!) I made sure to see at least one traditional dance. I chose the one from the Cosmopolitan, which turned out to be spectacular. There was so much hoopla that it was tough to get photos, especially when they come right up to you, wiggling around so fast. To start, every resort is decorated for the holiday. The Cosmopolitan’s red lanterns looked particularly bright against its famous three-story chandelier.
Before the dance could begin, the lions were awakened during the traditional dotting of the eyes ritual that took place outside the front doors, on the Strip
Showtime! The parade of acrobats and dancers wove through the casino headed towards the main lobby of the hotel.
The dancers in charge of the dragon tail were mostly kids. They were concentrating so hard! The waves were very beautiful, undulating in a perfect rhythm.
In the lobby, the dragons and lions went wild! The movements were so quick, and the front guys of the lions jumped up on the shoulders of the back ones at amazing speeds. The whole thing was over so fast! But it was amazing.
Finally, the procession headed to the high limit lounge, The Talon Club. There, the lions had to catch cabbage in their mouths and spit it out to bring good fortune to those around them. (Hopefully me!)
Happy Year of the Snake, everybody!
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