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Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Celebrates Chinese New Year on Saturday, January 28at 6:30 p.m.

"Year of the Dragon"


Akwesasne – The Chinese New Year is the longest and most important festivity in the Chinese calendar and the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino will be the host of another wonderful cultural display in recognition. The Chinese New Year is itself centuries old and gains significance because of several myths and traditions – one being a majestic dance as a way of celebrating a sign of ethnic identity.

“Dragons are believed to bring good luck to people”, states Danny Chen, Asian Development Manager. Danny later noted “their qualities include great power, dignity, fertility, wisdom and auspiciousness.” The appearance of the dragon is considered to be both frightening and bold but it has a benevolent disposition and it eventually became an emblem to represent imperial authority. The Akwesasne Mohawk Casino will again be bringing in the LION DANCE to celebrate the Chinese New Year.

The lion dance is a form of traditional dance in Chinese culture, in which performers mimic a lion’s movements in a lion costume. The lion dance is often mistakenly referred to as dragon dance. An easy way to tell the difference is that a lion is operated by two people, while a dragon needs many people. Also, in a lion dance, the performers’ faces are covered, since they are inside the lion. In a dragon dance, the performers can be seen since the dragon is held upon poles. Basic lion dance fundamental movements can be found in most Chinese martial arts.

Asian Development Manager Danny Chen states “This will be better than last year. Come and watch and you will not be disappointed.”

The Akwesasne Mohawk Casino is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week. The Akwesasne Mohawk Casino is located on Route 37 in the Hogansburg, N.Y. and features over 1,600 Vegas style slot machines, Table Games, Valet, and four eateries including the Native Harvest Buffet, Sticks Restaurant, Rapids Food Court and its newest addition, the Maple Room Steakhouse. For further information call 1-877-99CASINO or check us out at We are also on FACEBOOK!

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