Win Tickets to a Private Year of the Dragon Party

What would you name your pet dragon? If you have one, and you win, you and a guest will be invited to a private party and stay in the Mandarin Oriental's Presidential Suite!

Washington, DC (January 11, 2011) – With the Chinese New Year quickly approaching, Mandarin Oriental, Washington D.C. is preparing for its annual invite-only gala and is asking the public to “Dub the Dragon,” or submit the best dragon pet name. The winning name will win two tickets to the private Gala on January 25th, and an overnight stay in the Presidential Suite*.

“The Year of the Dragon has always ushered in excitement and exhilaration,” said General Manager Amanda Hyndman. “To have a contest to name the dragon brings those characteristics to the forefront, engages our guests, and allows us to celebrate our Oriental heritage in a fun and unique way.”

Chinese New Year is a time to welcome longevity, wealth and prosperity and to eliminate any negative chi from the past. This fourteen day celebration is very symbolic, and steeped in many traditions, including dedicating each year to a specific animal. The Dragon, Horse, Monkey, Rat, Boar, Rabbit, Dog, Rooster, Ox, Tiger, Snake, and Ram are the twelve animals that are part of this tradition. In 2012, the Dragon is welcomed back, and while 2011, the Year of the Rabbit, was characterized by calm and tranquility, the Year of the Dragon will be marked by excitement, unpredictability, exhilaration and intensity.

Entries can be submitted via email at Please include your name and phone number and suggested name. Contest runs from now to January 20, 2012, and the winner will be announced on January 23rd.

*Prize is not transferable and must be consumed in its entirety on January 25, 2012.

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