Little Bunny Foo Foo

3 Feb
If you have been seeing some dragons roaming around the casinos lately, don’t be alarmed. Today is a new year. Along with dragons, expect to see emperors, Chinese lanterns, citrus trees, and some rabbits used in the new décor at the Bellagio, Wynn, Encore, Mandarin Oriental, Caesars, and every other casino that celebrates the Chinese New Year. The Year of the Tiger is finally over and the rabbit is hopping in for 2011. To some, the holiday may be a traditional celebration, but to others that don’t know what it even means… well, I’m here to teach because this year could be good for you and the city of Las Vegas. 
The Chinese New Year dates back as far as 14th century B.C. Legend states the beginning was when the mythical beast Nian would come on the first day of New Year to devour livestock, crops, and villagers including children. Villagers would put food on their doorsteps to prevent the beast from eating them. Nian feared the color red so red Chineselanterns would be hung on their doorsteps and fireworks would be lit to scare him away. Eventually Nian was scared so badly that he never returned but, was captured by an ancient Taoist monk. 
Since the 20th century, the Chinese New Year has been, and still is, celebrated world-wide. The date varies each year, usually falling on the second new moon after winter solstice. Each year is represented by animal in the Chinese zodiac. Much like astrological zodiac, there are twelve different animals: Rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig. The zodiac is repeated through a cycle of twelve years, and year of birth determines a person’s zodiac animal. Depending on a person’s animal, it describes the personality and how each year will be affected. I’m a rooster. It states I’m blunt because of I prefer to be honest, loyal, trustworthy, sociable, and likes to be the center of attention. Yep… that would be me in a nutshell. You can find out your animal sign here, http://www.chinesezodiac.com/calculator.php. 
Last year was the Year of Tiger, which means that last year should have been an explosive year for you. Basically whatever happened, good or bad, was drastic. One day you could have made a fortune and the next day you could have been filing for bankruptcy. It was a year of war and impulsive decision. Overall, the year was not that great. Well, today brings in the rabbit and the year is going to be very different from the last. Predictions state the year will be calm, welcoming a year of peace and focusing on the home and family. It is a good year for business. Negotiations and new business partnerships will be formed leading to great success. The Year of Rabbit is also great for Las Vegas. The fortune and good luck the rabbit brings draws many international visitors to the city to celebrate the holiday and try their luck on the tables. 
If you would like to celebrate tonight, many of the casinos including the Bellagio, Mandarin Oriental, and Wynn will be having a parade throughout the night. The celebration of the New Year lasts for fifteen days, so you now have excuse to party for the next two weeks! You can check out my blog from yesterday if you need some ideas on what to do. Happy Chinese New Year Las Vegas!

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