FIRST Lady Michelle Obama joined students for a Bollywood Dance Clinic in the State Dining Room of the White House on November 5 as she welcomed guests to the White House for a Diwali celebration.

Then the First Lady spoke during a reception in the East Room: “We’ve celebrated this holiday here at the White House every year since Barack took office. And there’s a reason why we’ve done that.”

She said that Diwali is celebrated by members of some of the world’s oldest religions not just here in America but across the globe.

“It’s a time to come together with friends and family, often with dancing and good food,” the First Lady said. “I am so proud and so honored to be celebrating this beautiful holiday at the White House with all of you. And I wish you all and all your loved ones a Happy Diwali and Saal Mubarak.”


(Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)