THE eyes of all 575 pupils of SK Marian Convent in Ipoh lit up as a pair of lion dancers entered the school.
Accompanied by the sounds of drums and clashing cymbals, the lions put on an energetic show.
There were loud cheers as the lions stood on their hind legs to grab a piece of lettuce that was hung high up.
It was the first time in the school’s history that a lion dance performance was held in conjunction with the Chinese New Year celebration.
SK Marian Convent headmistress Hindon Wahid said the performance was held to introduce the pupils, especially the non-Chinese, to the culture and customs of the Chinese community.
“We are living in a peaceful country and every member of the community helps and cooperates even if we are of different races and religions,” she said in her speech.
Hindon said she hoped that the Year of the Wood Dragon would bring more success and prosperity to all.
“I understand that the Year of the Wood Dragon occurs once every 60 years.
“To the Chinese community, wood is a symbol of vitality and creativity, while the dragon is a symbol of success and honour,” she said.