India At Large staff
Professional Yoga instructors will have sessions with thousands of Americans who are expected to throng the sprawling White House lawns in Washington on Monday for Easter Egg celebrations, the final Easter for the Obama administration. A “Yoga Garden” is one of the 10 different zones that has
been created for the event for which some 35,000 tickets have been issued for the people to come and enjoy the festivities, reports PTI.
On Friday the White House announced the full programme, activities, and talent line-up for the 2016 White House Easter Egg Roll, a tradition in its 138th year and the largest annual public event at the White House.
In honour of the final Easter Egg Roll of the Obama Administration, this year’s theme is “Let’s Celebrate”. The event will feature live music, sports courts, cooking stations, storytelling and, of course, Easter egg rolling.
In support of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! Initiative, this year’s event will also include the first-ever White House Fun Run, where Michelle Obama will join 250 children on a short run to promote active and healthy lifestyles for kids.
This year’s special guest is Tony Award Winning, Multi-Platinum Recording Artist, Idina Menzel. Menzel will sing the National Anthem as well as perform on the Rock ‘n’ Egg Roll Stage.
In the Eggtivity Zone, the President’s Council on Fitness Sports & Nutrition as well as players and coaches from professional sports teams will teach kids how to play sports.
First Lady Michelle Obama has chosen the winning artwork from this year’s White House Easter Egg Roll Design Contest. Elementary and middle school students from 19 states and two foreign countries have submitted artwork related to this year’s “Let’s Celebrate” theme.
Posters will be handed out as a prize to children who win the Easter Egg Roll and Egg Hunt.
The eggs first became part of the tradition in 1981 when President and Mrs Ronald Reagan hosted a hunt for wooden eggs that bore the signatures of actors, actresses, famous politicians and athletes.