Hundreds of spectators gathered along this world famous boardwalk on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean to catch a glimpse of these frenetic, dancing dragons and lions. The rhythmic sound of cymbals crashed as a soul-pounding beat filled the air. The year 2014 of the Gregorian calendar (or 2565 according to the Chinese [Han] calendar) marked the beginning of a new lunar year- also known as the Spring Festival. The year of the Horse is believed to be a year full of victories, unexpected adventure, and surprising romance. Asians around the world have celebrated the beginning of what they hope to be a very prosperous year heralded by good fortune.
As a New Yorker, one does not have to travel far to partake of Lunar New Year traditions. One quick train ride to Canal Street during the New Year brought all of the New Year’s traditions this native New Yorker could handle. Traditional meals, lion dances, and games were all within one block of anywhere I stood. I never imagined that I would experience that same feeling standing in the middle of Caesars Casino lobby in Atlantic City. Celebrating the New Year here was much more than a weekend trip to the casino; it was an entire experience.
© Erik Teng Photography 2014