SOURCE: The Venetian; The Palazzo Las Vegas

The Venetian; The Palazzo Las Vegas

January 27, 2012 14:44 ET

A Cultural Look Into Chinese New Year at The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas

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LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwire - Jan 27, 2012) - As the second installment to The Venetian and The Palazzo's Chinese New Year video series, we share with you the cultural significance of the Year of the Dragon. Regarded as the most important and celebrated holiday in Chinese and Asian cultures, Chinese New Year, also referred to as "Spring Festival," is centuries old. Based off the Lunar calendar, predating the international calendar used in western cultures today, the holiday has become one of the most celebrated events in Las Vegas.

This year marks the Year of the Dragon, deemed the mightiest of signs. The dragon is the fifth zodiac in the Chinese calendar and is said to descend from the heavens above. A symbol of good fortune and power, those who possess the sign of the dragon are said to exhibit such characteristics as bravery, passion and innovation.

As part of the Chinese New Year celebrations, The Venetian and The Palazzo hold a ceremonial dragon dance, a cultural dance that originated during the Han dynasty symbolizing the driving out of evil and bringing good luck and success in the coming year.

Inspired by the grand style and nature of the dragon, The Palazzo has created an oriental sanctuary within the resort's Waterfall & Atrium Gardens featuring a jaw-dropping presentation of more than 1,000 flowers, hanging lanterns and the Strip's premiere holiday attraction -- a 128-foot, 8,000-pound fire-breathing dragon to welcome in the Lunar Year.

Peter Lung, a Chinese culture and feng shui expert with World of Feng Shui boutiques in Las Vegas and Honolulu, consulted on the creation of this project beginning 12 months ago. From the number of claws on the dragon and direction it faces, to the position of the water element and earth element beds, the display brings good chi through the ancient art of feng shui.

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