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Lunar New Year begins Jan. 28, the kick-off of the year of the rooster.
The holiday is observed in China, Vietnam and other Asian countries, but a number of destinations from New York to Las Vegas also host parties. Events are parades with lion dancers, special holiday menus at Asian restaurants, cultural festivals and more.
Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim, California, hosts a lunar New year celebration from Jan. 20 by Jan. 5. Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse will be dressed up for the occasion, greeting the guests and providing photo opportunities in addition to other Disney characters such as Mulan and Mulan’s dragon sidekick Mushu.
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Live performances at Disney California Adventure will be Chinese acrobats, dancers and musicians in colorful costumes, activities and crafts theme for the holiday, and three new markets offering food inspired by the Asian kitchen. A new short film called “hurry Home” will be shown each night prior to the “World of Color”, tells the story of a small lantern on a journey home for the lunar New year, using projected animation, lighting, special effects and fountains. The park will also be decorated with lanterns and banners that guests a happy lunar New year in English, Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese.
In New York City, the visitors have three Chinatown to explore: one in the centre of Manhattan, in the neighborhood of Sunset Park in Brooklyn and one in Flushing, Queens. Check out the restaurants, markets and shops with everything from household items to souvenirs. In Manhattan, holiday events are a Jan. 28 firecracker ceremony and cultural festival in Sara D. Roosevelt Park, and February. 5 Lunar New Year parade kick-off at 1 p.m. There is also a parade and festival in Flushing on Feb. 4.
San Francisco is celebrating lunar New year with a parade, which dates back to the 1860s. This year’s event rolls out the evening of Feb. 11 with acrobats, lion dancers, floats, and a 268-foot dragon, kick-off at Second and Market streets. Other events include a flower market fair, Jan. 21-22, and Feb. 19 5K/10K run walk.
In Las Vegas, Jan. 28 is the kick-off for a 15-day celebration at Lucky Dragon Hotel & Casino is a new resort, inspired by the Asian culture. Elsewhere in Las Vegas, The LINQ Promenade, a four-day festival is scheduled for Jan. 27-30 including dragon dance at 6 pm every night at the Fountain on the Stage. A Jan. 27-29 “Chinese New Year in the Desert” event includes performances, a parade on Fremont Street, a party in the Center of the container park and the DragonFest Benefit Concert at The LINQ Theater.
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Other Las Vegas locations hosting lion and dragon dances, parades, performances and much more the Cosmopolitan, ARIA Resort & Casino, The Palazzo in Las Vegas and The Venetian Las Vegas, MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, the Palms Casino Resort, the Bellagio and the Palace Station.
The Conservatory & Botanical Gardens at the Bellagio will be hosting a display that features incense, red lanterns and a rooster on top of a mountain. The Palazzo’s Waterfall Atrium and Gardens will host a 15-meter, crystal-covered cock and an 18-foot dragon. In addition, there are many restaurants offer holiday menus.
Lunar New Year parades will also be held in Washington, D. C., Jan. 29; Chicago, Feb. 5; and Orlando, Florida, Feb. 11.