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Locals Celebrate Chinese New Year

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The Chinese New Year was observed on January 31st and many have gotten together with family to celebrate a powerful animal.

"This is the year of the horse," said Johnny Lau of the Chinese Association of Northern Nevada. "This year, the element of the horse is actually wood."

The Grand Sierra Resort (GSR) was festive Saturday night as it hosted a huge Chinese New Year celebration. Much of the casino floor has things like lanterns and Chinese guardian lions.

You may have noticed a lot of red decorations in places like the GSR. In Chinese culture, that color symbolizes luck and good fortune, and quite a bit of people were wearing it Saturday.

The Chinese Association organized the celebration for the hundreds in attendance. The crowd got to see quite a bit of performances like a magic show, lion dancers and singers.

Special guests also came to the event. One of them was Song Ruan, Deputy Council General of the People's Republic of China in San Francisco.

"All the people here and your families -- good health, success and good luck," he told the crowd.

The Chinese Association told us why it's important for them to observe the new year, especially in northern Nevada.

"Chinese has been around in northern Nevada for a long, long time," Lau said. "Since 1800's coming for mining."

"It's a massive culture here in Reno, and it's growing every day," said Bryan Hofmann of Reno who came to Saturday's event. "It's something that we need to embrace, and it's something we need to nurture. It supports diversity around Reno, and I think that's great."

Some notable people born in the year of the horse:
Sean Connery, Halle Berry, Denzel Washington, Jennifer Lawrence, Kristen Stewart, Sandra Bullock, Jackie Chan, Oprah Winfrey, Nelson Mandela, Jimi Hendrix, Calvin Klein





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