Chinese New Year, Lunar New Year, Spring Festival, Tet. There are several names for Asia’s most important holiday. Each year is symbolized by an animal from the 12-house Asian zodiac, and its characteristics are thought to shed light on the year to come. 2016 is the year of the monkey, the ninth animal in the cycle, representing intelligence, liveliness and wit. So get smart and ring in the lunar new year with these special celebrations:
Monday, February 8
M Resort hosts a dragon dance by the Lohan School of Shaolin at 5 p.m., followed by an Asian buffet at Studio B. Linq Promenade gets the party started at 7 p.m. with a lion dance by the Lohan School of Shaolin, followed by a martial arts demonstration from the school, as well as performances by the Lin Hong Chinese music ensemble and the Nevada Arts Academy featuring Susan Wang.
Tuesday, February 9
The Linq Hotel & Casino will host an opening ceremonies performance February 9 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Linq Promenade, including a lion dance, eye-painting ceremony and entertainment by elaborately dressed Hunan dancers. Catch a dragon dance by Lohan School of Shaolin at 7 p.m. nightly on the Linq Promenade stage through February 14.
Wednesday, February 10
The Boulevard Mall kicks off its opening ceremony at 5 p.m., featuring a lion dance, Hunan variety show, a Chinese cultural costumes fashion show and a Chinese dance troupe. After a 7 p.m. lion dance, the Linq Promenade hosts a fruit-carving demo at 7:20 and Hunan dancers at 8 p.m..
Thursday, February 11
Linq kicks off a lion dance at 7 p.m., followed by Opportunity Village performers, mixology demos and Hunan dance.
From noon to 4 p.m., Z’Boutique at Zappos will host a celebration and art exhibition featuring work by Australian artist Laurens Tan, Las Vegas artist Justin Favela and Z’Boutique’s Artist-in-Residence Miguel Hernandez. The festivities kick off with a dragon dance, Hunan dance, a tea ceremony and live painting, as well as photographs of Lunar New Year celebrations around Las Vegas by the Las Vegas News Bureau.
Friday, February 12
The Fashion Show mall presents Lunar New Year fashion shows from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Lion dances take place at Caesars Palace at 5 p.m. and the Cromwell at 9 p.m. Beginning at 7 p.m., Linq hosts a lion dance, as well as a noodle pulling and pig carving demo at 7:20 p.m. and Hunan dance.
Saturday, February 13
A parade will enliven Fremont Street between Seventh and 11th streets from 11 a.m. and noon. Beginning at 11:30 a.m., Container Park will host a Hunan dance troupe (with repeat performances at 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.), Chinese and Korean cultural fashion showcases at noon and 4 p.m., respectively, a Chinese dance troupe at 12:30 p.m., bands and cheer at 1 p.m., a lion dance at 2:45 p.m., Korabo Taiko drummers at 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. and music by the Meadows Orchestra at 5 p.m. Lion dances take place at Planet Hollywood at noon, Paris at 1 p.m., Bally’s at 2 p.m., Harrah’s at 5 p.m. and the Flamingo at 6 p.m. At 7:20 p.m., Linq hosts Dance-4-a-Cause, hosted by Legends in Concert’s Lady Gaga impersonator.
Sunday, February 14
Get mass married at the Linq. Registration opens from 2 to 2:30 p.m., and the Elvis-officiated ceremony takes place from 3 to 3:30 p.m. Rau Tama Nui Tahitian dancers and drummers perform from 5 to 6 p.m. and Korabo drummers perform from 6 to 6:30 p.m., followed by a variety show by Isla Vegas. A lion dance takes place at 2:30 p.m. and Hunan dancers perform throughout the day.