Year of the Pig [from Vegas]

{The Bellagio lobby and the Dragon at the Caesars}

The Lunar New Year begins at the new moon that falls between January 20thand February 20th; it is a festival that celebrates the beginning of the New Year on the Chinese calendar. Traditionally the festival was a time to honor deities as well as the ancestors, and was associated with several myths and customs. But, today popular themes used in celebrating are the red paper envelopes for giving money, along with lighting firecrackers, dragon dances, and my favorite the meticulous dishes prepared for celebrating.

{The Year of Pig celebrated at Bellagio and the Wynn Hotels in Las Vegas}

Tony is in Las Vegas enjoying the festivities at each of the hotels, while taking photos of exhibits in lobbies.

I have also begun researching a few of the symbolic dishes served during the New Year. First I want to try making dumplings for “wealth”, then noodles for “happiness and longevity” and lastly, fish “to increase prosperity”.

Celebrate stylishly,
K

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