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The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas celebrates Chinese New Year

February 22, 2015 by  

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas celebrates Chinese New Year
On Sunday, Feb. 22, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas welcomed the Year of the Ram with a “Dotting of the Eyes” ceremony and street parade throughout the resort featuring a twisting and turning dragon, lions and dancers (Photo: © Erik Kabik /www.ErikKabik.com). 

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas celebrates Chinese New Year

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas celebrates Chinese New Year

Photo: © Erik Kabik /www.ErikKabik.com.

In addition, the resort invited guests to experience Lucky Cat, an interactive art exhibition based on the fabled cultural icon of good fortune, located in the pop-up space off the Las Vegas Strip.

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas celebrates Chinese New Year

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas celebrates Chinese New Year

Photo: © Erik Kabik /www.ErikKabik.com.

Located in the pop-up space off the Las Vegas Strip, Lucky Cat features a nine-foot tall talisman of good fortune that invites passers-by in with a simple yet powerful smile and upright paw. Designed to reward the curiosity of those who dare to stop and explore, Lucky Cat dispenses a fortune card to all who place their hand on its paw. For a select few, this fortune will function as a golden ticket to a range of experiences at The Cosmopolitan. Visitors can interact with Lucky Cat from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Guests must be 21 years old or older.

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas celebrates Chinese New Year

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas celebrates Chinese New Year

Photo: © Erik Kabik /www.ErikKabik.com.

To further the celebration, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas held a traditional ‘Dotting of the Eyes’ ceremony at the East Side entrance off Las Vegas Boulevard. During the ceremony, nearly 30 performers ‘awakened’ a dragon and lions by dotting their eyes with red paint. Once awakened, the twisting and turning dragon lead a parade of lions and dancers throughout the casino floor. The moving celebration made a stop in front of the High Limit Lounge for a ‘Collecting of the Cabbage’ ceremony.

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas celebrates Chinese New Year

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas celebrates Chinese New Year

Photo: © Erik Kabik /www.ErikKabik.com.

Chefs José Andrés and Garrison Price are honoring the Year of the Ram at China Poblano with a festive menu featuring creative takes on Chinese classics and specialty cocktails from Feb. 19 through March 5. In saluting the Chinese influences of the China Poblano concept, the menu will showcase an array of inventive dishes, including Wok Roasted Manila Clams with Chinese sausage, pickled chili, and black bean sauce; Crispy Radish Cake with XO sauce, tiny radish and chili oil; Beef Xiaolongbao with bone marrow, black truffle, and scallion; Mapo Tofu with Oat Noodle with steamed oat noodle, Thai basil, and peanuts; Barbeque Spare Ribs slow braised with charred long beans; and Choy Sum with oyster sauce and black bean crumbs.

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas celebrates Chinese New Year

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas celebrates Chinese New Year

Photo: © Erik Kabik /www.ErikKabik.com.

China Poblano is  offering a selection of crafted cocktails to pair with the dynamic menu offerings. Highlights include the Wool Blanket served with bourbon, cinnamon syrup, fig jam and goat’s milk; Lu Yang (Green Sheep), prepared with bourbon, orange liqueur, green tea, ginger star anise syrup, lemon and green tea air; and Yang Yang with sparkling shochu, cucumber celery juice, lemon and ancho pequin cotton candy. China Poblano will offer a complimentary mini cocktail, Spring Festival, made with melon-infused pisco, aloe vera liqueur, honey syrup and lime, to diners throughout the celebration.

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas celebrates Chinese New Year

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas celebrates Chinese New Year

Photo: © Erik Kabik /www.ErikKabik.com.

“Dotting of the Eyes” ceremony at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

“Dotting of the Eyes” ceremony at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Photo: © Erik Kabik /www.ErikKabik.com.

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