Obama to celebrate Diwali with school kids

Updated: Nov 06, 2010, 18:31 PM IST

Mumbai: US President Barack Obama, who began his maiden three-day visit to India from here, will celebrate Diwali with school children in the city tomorrow.

The Diwali celebration will be the first in his packed itinerary on the second day of his visit.

Obama, with wife Michelle will meet students of Holy Name High School, located very close to the Taj Mahal Hotel, where he will stay overnight.

"The students will show Obama and his wife the traditional `rangoli` made by them for the occasion. The visiting dignitaries will be requested to fill the Peacock design with coloured powder," an official said.

The first couple of United States will then be taken around a science exhibition, highlighting awareness about pollution and environment, he said.

Obama and his wife will interact with 16 students, who will participate in the exhibition and meet their parents and teachers.

Students will perform two traditional dances - one with children holding diyas (earthenware lamps), and another with the students dancing to a traditional Maharashtrian Koli song.

Last year, the US President had presided over a Diwali celebration at the White House.

PTI