White House Celebrates AANHPI Heritage Month with Music and Food

White House Played Saare Jahan Se Accha
Preeti Bali / 7:56 am / May 15, 2024

The White House Marine Band played a special tune during a reception celebrating Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month. The song, “Sare Jahan Se Accha Hindustan Hamara,” a well-known Indian patriotic song, was chosen at the request of Indian-American attendees. This marked the second time in less than a year that the song was played at the White House, highlighting the strong US-India relationship.

Indian Street Food Makes an Appearance

The reception offered a unique culinary experience alongside the musical entertainment. Guests enjoyed a variety of Indian street food options, including golgappa (also known as pani puri) and a sweet dish called khoya. This recent addition to the White House menu reflects the growing popularity of Indian cuisine in the United States.

Surgeon General Showcases Hidden Talent

The event also featured a surprise performance by US Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy, a prominent Indian American. Dr. Murthy impressed the audience with his drumming skills, adding a touch of cultural celebration to the evening.

Celebrating AANHPI Heritage

May is designated as AANHPI Heritage Month in the United States. This designation honors the diverse cultures of Asian and Pacific Islander communities. The month was chosen to commemorate the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants in 1843 and to recognize the contributions of Chinese immigrants who helped complete the transcontinental railroad in 1869. AANHPI Heritage Month celebrates the rich tapestry of Asian and Pacific Islander cultures within the US.


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