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Jamul Casino® Celebrates Lunar New Year with Traditional Dance and Eye-Dotting Ceremony to Honor The Year Of The Dragon

February 7, 2024

Exhilarating lion dance bringing in good fortune for the Lunar New Year at Jamul Casino.


Jamul Casino Gifts New Dragon to Southern Sea Dragon and Lion Dance

JAMUL, CA (Feb. 7, 2024) – On Saturday, Feb. 3, Jamul Casino celebrated Lunar New Year with a traditional dance and procession through the casino floor, along with a special gift to further honor the tradition of lion and dragon dancing. President and General Manager Mary Cheeks kicked off the evening’s festivities by presenting a new dragon costume to Southern Sea Dragon and Lion Dance, one of San Diego’s most reputable Southern lion dancing groups, at JIVe Lounge.

Cheeks also participated in a traditional eye dotting ceremony that symbolizes the awakening of the dragon to bring protection, good luck, health and prosperity in the coming months.

“Lunar New Year is such an exciting time for the community as it symbolizes abundance and togetherness,” says Cheeks. “We are proud to continue supporting Southern Sea Dragon and Lion Dance as we both share the importance of cultural preservation.”

Following the ceremony, guests were treated to a special Lunar New Year dance throughout the casino accompanied by traditional drum, cymbal and gong music.

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Opened in 2016, the Jamul Casino is located in Jamul, California, San Diego County, and is owned and operated by Jamul Indian Village Development Corporation (JIVDC), a wholly owned enterprise of the Tribe.  The $430 million, award-winning casino features nearly 1,700 slot machines, 46 live table games, a dedicated poker room, and various restaurants, bars and lounges.  Jamul Casino supports 1,200 permanent jobs in the region and is the closest casino to downtown San Diego, which is the eighth-largest city in the United States by population. For more information about Jamul Casino, please visit