THE recent annual Kongsi Raya celebration at Tadika Sekolah Sri Kuala Lumpur was an opportunity for all the 115 pre-schoolers to don their best traditional costumes.
In his address, the kindergarten’s executive chairman Tan Sri Othman Merican said Kongsi Raya celebrations are “an opportunity for our preschoolers to learn about each other’s cultures and customs, not from a text- book but in a proactive manner.”
The lively programme began with four-year-olds parading on stage in traditional attire for a “Let's get together”, featuring Malaysian ethnic outfits.
Loud applause greeted them when they took the mike to belt out Rasa Sayang, led by Thin Yi En looking pretty in a baju kurung.
Two colourful lions pranced onstage to mark the gaiety of the Lunar New Year festivities. The vibrant dance by five-year-olds, accompanied by rousing music, had the audience clapping in unison.
Indian heritage was highlighted next, as the pupils celebrated Deepavali, the Festival of Lights. The lively pre-schoolers demonstrated their dancing skills to the tune of a Tamil Dandiya number, as proud parents captured their moves on camera.
The children later sang Selamat Hari Raya, while performing a joget number to depict Hari Raya celebrations.
Christmas was the last festival presented, as pupils holding bright stars danced with a little Santarina to the tune of Jingle Bells.
This was followed by a current Bollywood hit dance performed by Sri Kuala Lumpur Primary School's Dance Troupe, which had the pre-schoolers swaying along in their seats.
Othman and OM Education general manager Hanif Merican later presented gifts to the little ones.
The function ended with a traditional Malaysian Open House featuring a variety of Malaysian culinary delights.
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