Vegas is big on celebrations and the Chinese New Year is no exception.
It’s the Chinese “Year of the PIG,” (Boar) starting 02/18/07 and is also known by its former name of “Ding Hai.”
So if you’re in Vegas, don’t be surprised if you come across some funny looking casino chips with a PIG on it or odd denomination chips at the gaming tables.
$8 chips … are believed to LUCKY and many casino’s produce these odd chips in celebration of the Chinese New Year. Normally the $8 chips are not played, but held for Good Luck or as a collectors piece.
Wearing the color Red is also considered LUCKY and thought to bring the wearer a sunny and bright future. Fireworks, and cultural dances are a part of the traditional Chinese celebration.
There are many DO’S, (superstition’s) and some DON’T’S. (taboo’s)
However, think positive, talk positive, allow happiness and good fortune to be in your thoughts and guide you during this time.
Enjoying part of the Chinese tradition should include some good or authentic Asian food .
Like many major areas of the country, Las Vegas has an area that’s referred to as Chinatown.
The heart of the area is off Spring Mountain Road, between Valley View and Decatur, about 1 mile west of the strip where Chinese, Filipino, Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese cuisine and other authentic Asian cuisine can be found .
Also in honor of the New Year, the Chinese American Chamber of Commerce will organize a large New Year Celebration at the Chinatown Plaza on Sunday, February 25, 2007.
The Celebration starts at 10am until 5pm, admission will be $3.00 for adults, and $1 for Children ages 6-12. Children 5 and under are free
There will be food, free drawings, exhibitions, and much more!
Japanese Taiko Drums
Chinese Folk Dance
Chinese Martial Arts
Philippine Bamboo Stick Dance
In addition, a must see in Las Vegas is the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens which usually produces a beautiful flower/plant display in honor of the Chinese New Year. It’s a kaleidoscope of colors and fragrances. The delicate placement of flowers and plant arrangements highlight this particular time, and the best part of this deal …it is FREE and open 24/7. The Chinese “Year of the Pig” exhibit is scheduled to run until early March.
Regardless of when Vegas is in your plans, bring something Red to wear and grab one of those LUCKY chips. You never know, Luck and Prosperity could shine on you.
However … it doesn’t matter where and how you are spending the Chinese New Year …
Let Good Health, Happiness, and Prosperity be yours in 2007.