THE Mid-Autumn Festival celebration at Pangkor Island in Perak was not the usual do with mooncakes and lanterns.
Instead, the event last Saturday included a lively tattoo demonstration by the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN).
Families and couples basked in the moonlight as pupils from various local schools entertained them with Malay and Indian dances.
There was also a line dance by ladies from the Pangkor MCA branch.
Members of the MCA Youth Sports and Cultural Association from Ipoh awed the crowd with their brilliant kung fu moves.
This was followed by an energetic lion dance and then a dragon dance which drew ‘oohs’ and ‘ahs’ from the crowd.
The tattoo demonstration, accompanied by the RMN brass band, was a performance that would have made any Malaysian proud.
The navy personnel, armed with M-16 rifles illuminated with green and orange neon strips, flawlessly executed steps and formations which included a snake dance.
Their polished performance came to a grand finale with gunshots fired into the air.
Earlier, those who arrived at the SJK (C) Hwa Lian I field for the event were given a rousing welcome by the 24-member chinese drum troupe from SMK Pangkor.
Pangkor assemblyman Datuk Dr Zambry Abd Kadir, who was very impressed with the troupe’s fine performance, pledged to give it RM1,000 as a reward.
In his speech, Lumut MP Datuk Kong Cho Ha said Malaysians must be proud of their different cultures and traditions.
“This diversity is our strength and we must appreciate and treasure it.
“As we move towards Vision 2020, let festivals in Malaysia be celebrated together by all regardless of race and religion,” said Kong who is also Deputy Science, Technology and Innovation Minister.
The event was co-organised by various associations in Pangkor.