MGM Springfield Rings in Year of the Pig with Traditional Lion Dance on February 9
SPRINGFIELD, MASS. (January 30, 2019) – MGM Springfield makes its mark with another first commemorating Lunar New Year 2019, the Year of the Pig, with a traditional lion dance on Saturday, February 9.
Starting at 3 p.m. on Armory Square, the Asian American Culture Center’s energetic dance troupe will perform the ceremonial dance featuring five authentic lion costumes and a Laughing Buddha accompanied by the music of beating drums and gongs. It will begin with an eye dotting ritual to signify the awakening of the new sleeping lions, proceed through the hotel and casino and end on Armory Square with an extended performance of martial arts demonstrations and firecrackers to invite the God of Wealth into the property to spread luck. During the processional, the Money God will hand out red envelopes with monetary gifts inside signifying great wealth ahead.
According to Chinese culture, the pig is the 12th animal in the Zodiac and represents prosperity and good fortune. In addition to honoring Lunar New Year, MGM Springfield is hosting the celebration on The Chinese God of Wealth Day as a further nod to 2019 being a year of great luck.
For more information about MGM Springfield’s Lunar New Year celebration, visit mgmspringfield.com.
About MGM Springfield
MGM Springfield covers three city blocks in the heart of downtown Springfield, Mass. Creating 3,000 permanent jobs and igniting a cultural and economic renaissance in a historic New England city, the resort, which combines new construction with revived historic buildings, offers more than 125,000 square feet of gaming space, a 250-room boutique hotel on Main Street, superior spa services, diverse retail and inspired dining headlined by award-winning Chef Michael Mina’s Cal Mare. MGM Springfield also features the seven-screen Regal luxury cinema complex, bowling lanes, a seasonal skating rink and outdoor marketplace displaying local art, events and talent. MGM Springfield opened on August 24, 2018. For additional information, please visit mgmspringfield.com.