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Mohegan Sun Celebrates Lunar New Year Celebrations
Mohegan Sun is ringing in the Year of the Tiger on Sunday, February 6th, 2022 with events for everyone to enjoy. Following tradition, celebrations for the Year of the Tiger include the Fortune God, Red Envelopes, special menu items at Phantasia at Sunrise Square, Jonathan Lee in Mohegan Sun Arena and more!
The celebrations kick off with a performance from Jonathan Lee, one of Asia’s most influential and respected musicians, at 1:00am on Sunday, February 6th at Mohegan Sun Arena.
Mohegan Sun Arena’s Walk of Fame at Noon on Sunday. Guests and fans can observe the public ceremony near the box office in front of Mohegan Sun Arena.
Festivities continue with a traditional Lion Dance featuring Calvin Chin’s Martial Arts Academy. The Lion Dance has long symbolized the exorcising of evil spirits and summoning luck and fortune. The performance will start at 1:00pm at the Summer Valet with an outdoor performance that culminates with a firework display at approximately 1:30pm. Afterwards, the Lion Dance will travel indoors and make its way through The Shops at Mohegan Sun. The Fortune God will be handing out Red Envelopes, which signify good luck and fortune, to guests while supplies last.
The origins of the Lion Dance are linked closely to the origins of the Lunar New Year celebrations. It is said that in ancient times, a mythological creature known as Nian terrorized China and devoured its people on the eve of the New Year. The only animal that managed to wound this beast was the lion. Thus, as an attempt to frighten the beast, the villagers decided to mimic the lion with lions made of cloth. In accordance with this legend, the dance is believed to usher good fortune, as well as ward off evil spirits. The Lion Dance calls for perfect coordination, elegance and nerves of steel. Two dancers are usually needed to give life to a ‘lion.’ One controls the movements of the head, eyes and mouth; the other acts as the body. The first dancer directs the movements, while the second works in tandem with the first.
From February 1st-16th, Phantasia at Sunrise Square will offer special dishes like lobster, fish, pig’s feet, vegetables, and more.
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