The Venetian and The Palazzo will celebrate Chinese New Year and the Year of the Tiger with an authentic dragon and lion dance with firecrackers and festive decorations featuring a 16.5-foot long Tiger and Chinese Bridge in the atrium gardens of The Shoppes at The Palazzo with citrus trees representing good luck and fortune.
The dragon and lion dance symbolizes good luck and prosperity for the year to come and is an important ritual of Chinese culture. The Chinese consider dragons to be friendly and helpful creatures associated with strength, good fortune, wisdom and longevity. Lions are traditionally seen as guardians and are used to exorcise evil spirits and summon luck and fortune.
On Saturday, February 13th at 3 p.m., a ceremonial dragon and lion dance, complete with firecrackers and eye painting ceremony, will begin at The Venetian’s lavish Porte-Cochere, making its way through The Venetian Casino, into The Palazzo Waterfall Atrium, through The Palazzo Casino and end in the upper Palazzo Porte-Cochere. The colorful spectacle will feature a parade of dancers and musicians dressed in elaborate costumes playing authentic music.
One additional dragon dance, minus the eye painting ceremony, will be held on Sunday, February 14th at 1 p.m. beginning in The Venetian Porte-Cochere, make its way through the casino into The Palazzo Waterfall Atrium and ending in The Palazzo Porte-Cochere. All dragon dances will be open to the public.
Chinese New Year Décor
Decorations in the customary color scheme of red and gold and traditional tangerine trees will help ring in the New Year at The Venetian and The Palazzo. More specifically, The Venetian and The Palazzo will celebrate the Year of the Tiger with the following décor additions:
- The décor throughout both The Venetian and The Palazzo will include presentations of citrus trees, red envelopes and lanterns to celebrate the New Year.
- The Venetian reception desk wall will feature an ornate red silk taffeta drapery treatment with ornate I-Ching coins.
- The Venetian’s lobby will feature red, orange and yellow floral to complement the banners and lotus lanterns hanging in The Venetian Colonnade.
- The Palazzo Waterfall Atrium will have the most dramatic transformation with the following embellishments:
- A 16.5-foot long custom-designed Tiger, the auspicious zodiac symbol of 2010, will be situated at the water feature facing The Palazzo casino floor to welcome visitors.
- Six-foot custom-made red, orange and yellow lanterns that will be hung to signify the lives of our guests will always be bright and full of lights.
- The atrium gardens will be redesigned into an Asian garden with red, orange and yellow floral including Mums, Orchids, Bromeliads, Kalonchoes and feature a Chinese Bridge with 35-foot bamboo.
- Throughout the atrium gardens there will be arrangements of over-sized bamboo towers with fresh orchids and lanterns.
- The waterfall wall will be adorned with ceremonial accent décor.
- The columns in The Palazzo lobby surrounding the Aqua di Cristallo statue will feature a sophisticated red taffeta fabric treatment, tangerine trees and bundles of gold I-Ching Coins representing an “abundance of wealth.” The main entrance to The Palazzo will also be decorated with I-Ching coins in multiples of eight welcoming good fortune to guests.
- The Palazzo lobby includes custom bamboo towers and bamboo floral centerpieces created specifically for The Palazzo by a bamboo artist.
Decorations celebrating Chinese New Year will be presented through the third week of February.