SHAH ALAM - A lively lion dance performance accompanied by the thunderous beat of Chinese drums greeted newly-weds Nik Nadzeri Fathi and his bride Afifah Mahmud when they arrived for their wedding reception.
The couple were all smiles when the "lions" approached them as they alighted from a classic Land Rover Defender at Dewan Kosmos community hall in Bukit Jelutong.
Guests at the reception immediately put aside their food to catch the performance.
The couple were then led to see a brief traditional silat performance by Nik Nadzeri's longtime friend, Hassan Marialis, who later passed the groom a yo-yo before ending his performance.
Nik Nadzeri, 30, who used to be a competitive yo-yo player and represented Malaysia in many games when he was a teen, then demonstrated his yo-yo skills to the delight of his 29-year-old bride and guests.
He said his father wanted the wedding guests to enjoy and experience multiculturalism and came up with the idea of having a lion dance.
"We were excited to have two cute lions performing alongside our wedding procession.
"Since it is Chinese New Year, it feels good to have a muhibbah wedding for all our guests.
"It will be something different for us to remember our big day," he said.
Klang Hong Teck Dragon and Lion Dance troupe leader Gray Tan said the troupe often received requests to perform during Malay and Indian weddings.
Although there were more bookings during the Chinese New Year season, they agreed to perform at the wedding reception to make the joyous occasion merrier, he said.
"It is a good display of harmony because the special performance provided an opportunity for the local community and guests to experience the uniqueness of our multicultural society," he said.