26 Oct '11, 2pm

Pictures: Rain fails to dampen Deepavali mood at Istana

Pictures: Rain fails to dampen Deepavali mood at Istana

President Tony Tan and wife mingle with guests at the Istana open house. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE By Rachel Chang About 9,900 people braved intermittent thunderstorms through the day on Wednesday to attend the Istana open house, the first hosted by President Tony Tan. They were there to enjoy the grounds on the Deepavali holiday and to try to catch a glimpse of the new head of state. Accompanied by his wife Mary, his daughter Ming and four grandchildren, Dr Tan watched music and dance performances by Crescent Girls' School, Greenridge Primary School and the People's Association. He also admired exotic birds in an exhibition by the Jurong Bird Park, and passed by a kite-flying display, a first for an Istana open house.

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