Chinese New Year is traditionally a 15-day celebration which marks the beginning of a new year based on the lunar calendar. It is an occasion that brings with it a fresh start, new hope, promising opportunities and an invigorating sense of rejuvenation to those who celebrate it.
This year, a special Chinese New Year celebration was held at R.E.A.L Schools, Shah Alam to usher in the Year of Rooster which is the 10th in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac signs. The programme commenced with a welcome address by Ms. Serena Chow, General Manager of the campus; followed by a speech by Dr. Sim Quan Seng, Chairman of R.E.A.L Education Group, who then officiated the event.
A whole series of exciting activities and captivating student performances were dished out throughout; starting with an LED Lion Dance performance by the Kun Seng Keng Lion Dance Association, Kuala Lumpur. This was swiftly followed by a riveting ribbon dance by the tiny tots of R.E.A.L Kids Shah Alam, which amazed and amused the audience at the same time.
The splendid entertainment continued to flow with an instrumental performance, an umbrella dance and a ‘diabolo’ performance by the students. The highlights of the event however, were arguably the magic show and a brilliant mask-changing performance, which left the crowd in awe. The event was made merrier and even more meaningful when the Lion Dance troupe handed oranges to students, a symbolic tradition during Chinese New Year which is believed to bring good luck and wealth.
With an explosion of festive colours and beautiful music to boot, the unmistakable sights and sounds of the annual CNY celebration is always one to look forward to and enjoy. The eagerly-anticipated event is also vital towards uniting the R.E.A.L Schools community in celebrating cultural diversity and togetherness. Inspired by the characteristics of the rooster; which is believed to be determined, observant and hardworking; it is hoped that this year will bring everyone an abundance of health, wealth, luck and happiness. Gong Xi Fa Cai!