It was supposed to be a record-breaking dance but a McDonald's event on Thursday was more notable for pants-ripping. At Tsuen Wan's Discovery Park mall, 350 pupils attempted a world record for bamboo dancing, a Philippine and South Asian tradition. The kids danced for five minutes for what is claimed to be a record. If you're wondering what the dance has to do with Big Macs or Lunar New Year: bamboo in Cantonese sounds like the word for wish.
To cheer on the youngsters, ambassadors Joey Yung Cho-yee and Eason Chan Yik-shun were on hand in costumes made from recycled food wrappings. Yung's dress was cut from Sausage McMuffin packaging and Chan had a McChicken wax paper shirt paired with a Fillet O' Fish blue suit.
The kids wore hats that looked like Big Macs or French fries. They executed the feat with little trouble as the two singers cheered them on. In Chan's case, he might have been too excited. During his energetic dancing and drumming, huge rips opened up in his paper pants and he had to retreat for repairs. When he returned, the singer wasn't lovin' it as much. 'I can't really make any major moves, otherwise my suit will tear again,' he said. Incidentally, we're not sure what Guinness record was broken because this weekend, in the northern Indian state of Mizoram, 11,000 people attempted a similar-sounding record.