White House Celebrates Guru Nanak's Birthday

November 16, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Deccan Chronicle


After Diwali, the Obama White House for the first time celebrated Gurparab, Guru Nanak's birth anniversary, with about 125 Sikh men in colourful turbans and women in traditional Punjabi dress.

President Barack Obama himself was not present, but senior officials led by Christina M. Tchen, head of the White House office of Public Engagement, welcomed the guests to the executive mansion at the function last week.

"This is your White House and this first event is the just the beginning and it will be part of many gatherings of your community here. We want you to stay in contact with us," she was quoted as saying by the Sikh Council on Religion and Education (SCORE).