IPOH: SMJK Sam Tet has earned a place in the Malaysia Book of Records (MBOR) for the longest Chinese New Year couplet featuring the ancient zhuan shu script.
Named the Longest Zhuan Shu Hui Chun Calligraphy, the exercise showcased pieces written in the zhuan shu or seal-script style, an archaic Chinese calligraphic impression often seen on carved seals.
Hui chun means “welcoming spring”, denoting the Lunar New Year.
The 500m-long calligraphy work was made possible by 1,800 students from SMJK Sam Tet and 80 students from SMK Jati and SMK Convent.
SMJK Sam Tet principal Teh Eow Kok said the objective of the calligraphy programme was to educate the students and teachers on Chinese culture.
“By writing the calligraphy together, students will also learn about teamwork besides getting the chance to showcase their talent in writing the zhuan shu hui chun calligraphy,” Teh told reporters at the event held at the school yesterday.
In 2014, the school entered MBOR for the longest fai chun (Chinese spring couplets) calligraphy. Measuring 2.105km-long, the calligraphy was written by 1,000 students and teachers who spent four days on it.
SMJK Sam Tet student Choong Shao Qian said her classmates were proud to be part of the latest record.
“We did some practice on our own to make sure we could do it properly. We feel honoured to be given the chance to put our school in the MBOR,” he said.
Krishna Viphaviny Krishna Kumar and her friends from SMK Convent were equally excited.
“This is our first time coming to the school ... We hope they will invite us here again next year,” she added.
For Aidil Aiman Ismail from SMK Jati, he is keen on learning more about the Chinese culture.
“This is my first time seeing how Chinese calligraphy is done and I find it interesting.”