MGM Resorts International to Usher in Lunar New Year with Lion Dances, Culinary Specialties and Vibrant Displays
LAS VEGAS (January 14, 2020) – MGM Resorts International is celebrating Lunar New Year 2020, the Year of the Rat, with festive dragon and lion dances, spectacular displays and authentic cuisine at a variety of restaurants.
According to Chinese culture, the Rat is the first animal in the Asian zodiac and serves as a symbol of vitality, fertility and positivity. Individuals born in the Year of the Rat are known to be clever, charming and imaginative. They are intelligent and possess strong observation skills that help them capitalize on life’s various opportunities.
Dragon & Lion Dances
Dynamic and colorful dragon and lion dances will commemorate the Year of the Rat at Bellagio, ARIA, MGM Grand and Park MGM:
- MGM Grand – Saturday, Jan. 25 at 2 p.m. at the main porte cochere with a processional through the casino.
- Park MGM – Saturday, Jan. 25 at 5:30 p.m. inside Eataly with a processional through the casino into the hotel lobby.
- ARIA – Sunday, Jan. 26 at 4 p.m. at the main porte cochere with a processional through the casino.
- Bellagio – Monday, Jan. 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the main porte cochere with a processional through the casino.
Yau Kung Moon will perform the Chinese dragon and lion dances at all four resorts in a traditional Southern Shaolin Kung Fu system with a modern flair. Southern Shaolin Kung Fu is a collection of martial arts with more than 1,000 years of history. Yau Kung Moon, which translates to “Style of Flexible Power,” is one of the world’s most respected martial arts, dragon and lion dance organizations. Known for its trademark gold uniforms and innovative routines, Yau Kung Moon has been recognized internationally for being the first U.S. team to compete in the 1990 Invitational World Lion Dance Festival in Malaysia.
Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens commemorates the Year of the Rat with a captivating Lunar New Year display envisioned by renowned designer Ed Libby in collaboration with the Bellagio Horticulture team and Feng Shui Master George Yau. Designed to bring prosperity and good fortune to more than 20,000 daily visitors, the gardens radiate hues of gold and red with picture-perfect botanical creations made from flowers, seeds, silks and plants. The intricate creation is layered with meaningful elements, including the centerpiece of the Conservatory that features a gilded gold Rat sitting on gold ingot bowls, a symbol of wealth and prosperity, atop a golden staircase. Four golden Rats are seen frolicking up the staircase presenting more ingot bowls. Two grand 20-foot gold coin trees stand tall on both sides of the garden symbolizing prosperity.
The Conservatory is complimentary and open to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Lunar New Year display is open now through mid-March.
ARIA’s main lobby is adorned in celebratory décor to honor the Year of the Rat through February 10.
Three Chinese Deities, Fuk, Luk and Sau, greet guests upon check-in at ARIA’s front desk. The deities personify the important aspirations of mankind: happiness, wealth and longevity.
A 196-foot dragon hangs from the lobby’s ceiling, weaving its way around a spectacular money tree made up of 88 golden coins symbolizing wealth and good fortune. Rats will be depicted at the base of the tree and atop bright floral obelisks inside the Main Lobby.
Throughout the resort, guests may encounter more than 50 spectacular floral arrangements, kumquat citrus trees with lucky money envelopes, a giant Rat at the entrance to the Baccarat Lounge and a special Buddha garden at North Valet.
MGM Grand will transform into a Lunar New Year spectacle with vibrant displays of eye-catching floral décor and playful panda bears surrounding the resort’s iconic lion. The displays will abound with more than 4,000 live plants, including 1,400 yellow chrysanthemums grown specifically for MGM Grand, with each plant selected for its special meaning in Chinese culture. From January 15 – February 4, the resort will be adorned with yellow and red flowers; bamboo for good luck; and money trees offering blessings of wealth and good fortune.
Select MGM Resorts International restaurants are honoring the Year of the Rat with festive menus and specials. Highlights include a Dim Sum Brunch at Jasmine at Bellagio, Ginger Scallion Lobster Noodles at Lemongrass at ARIA, Fresh Abalone with Sea Cucumber at Blossom at ARIA and Japanese Uni Sashimi at Morimoto Las Vegas at MGM Grand. For complete menus click here.
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