Melania Trump received a traditional red tilaka forehead dot when she arrived on Tuesday at a school in New Delhi to observe a lucky lesson as part of her Be Best campaign.
Students gave the first lady flowers and decorated her forehead with the tilaka, which is made from a fragrant paste such as sandalwood or vermilion, and is given as a welcome and a tribute to guests upon arrival.
Melania Trump thanked the students and people of India for their warm welcome.
“This is my first visit to India and I cannot express how wonderful it is. The people here are so welcoming and so nice. The President and I are grateful that we are guests in your beautiful country and receive such a warm welcome, “she said.
Melania attended happiness classes Sarvodaya Co-Educational Senior Secondary School, an educational program implemented by the government of Delhi for students in the first eight classes.
She called the program ‘inspiring’.
“I find it very inspiring that students start here every day with mindfulness,” she said. “I can’t think of a better way for all of us to start our day.”
Melania Trump attended a local school in New Delhi to observe a lucky class
Students welcomed the first lady with a traditional red tilaka forehead dot
Melania Trump greets a classroom Sarvodaya Co-Ed Senior Secondary Schoo where she took happiness lessons
Melania Trump talks to children at a school in New Delhi
Students gave flowers to the first lady when she arrived at the school
Melania Trump saw students participate in relaxing activities
Happiness lessons include story telling, medication and yoga.
The first lady listened to a story told in one of the classes and joined the children to play with legos in another classroom. She also observed a yoga class for fourth graders.
Her Be Best campaign focuses on the well-being of children. The first lady often visits children’s programs or schools when traveling abroad with the president.
Melania, dressed in a white dress with a floral print and a red belt, spent the morning with President Donald Trump in the presidential palace of Rashtrapati Bhavan, where the first couple received a lavish welcome.
Red-uniformed guards on horses led the presidential motorcade into the palace. The first lady sat next to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to observe that President Trump was reviewing the troops.
She and the president were greeted by Indian President Ram Nath Kovind and his wife Savita Kovind.
The first pair then paid tribute to the famous Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi, placed a wreath on the site of his cremation and threw flower respects on the monument.
Melania Trump spent the morning with President Trump at official events
The first lady threw petals during a wreath laying at the Mahatma Gandhi memorial
President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Indian President Ram Nath Kovind and his wife Savita Kovind during a welcome ceremony in the presidential palace of Rashtrapati Bhavan
Melania Trump joined President Trump in removing her shoes for the visit to Gandhi’s monument
Melania Trump joined the president for the opportunity to take off her shoes. They laid a wreath on the black marble platform that marked the spot where the independence leader was cremated after his murder.
They have also planted a tree in one of the gardens surrounding the monument.
India has gone crazy with Melania Trump, which results in her equal billing on billboards and welcomes President Donald Trump to the country and commends her signature Be Best campaign.
The first lady received a noisy welcome on Monday from the crowd of 110,000 people at the Sardar Patel Stadium, the largest cricket stadium in the world, when she joined her husband and Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a demonstration.
She did not speak, but Modi praised her distinctive Be Best campaign, which promotes children’s well-being, in his comments.
Melania Trump arrives in India with President Trump for a two-day state visit
Melania shakes hands with Prime Minister Modi during an event at Sardar Patel Stadium, where he praised her work with children as part of her ‘Be Best’ campaign
Melania Trump received equal billing with President Trump on billboards that welcomed the first couple in India
President Trump and Melania Trump pose in front of the Taj Mahal
Melania Trump waves to the crowd when she appeared at the event of President Trump and Prime Minister Modi in the largest cricket stadium in the world
“First Lady Melania Trump, your presence here is a great honor for us,” Modi said as the crowd cheered. “Your efforts to build a healthy America have yielded good results. What you do for children in society is commendable. ”
She smiled and waved at the crowd when she arrived and sat with the two leaders in their glass box surrounded by flowers.
The notoriously shy Melania was immediately in the spotlight during the first day of the two-day state visit of the Trumps to India.
She was at every event on Monday, from a visit to the arrival of the Trumps until she finished the day at the Taj Mahal and appeared in almost every photo frame.
She even spoke to the press – a rare event.
During a stop at the Taj Mahal, the famous monument to love, the first lady simply said it was ‘beautiful, beautiful’.
The Trumps held hands while posing in front of the white-marble grave. Their sunset visit made for beautiful photos and while they were walking through the gardens to visit the monument, a flock of birds left for them.
Melania Trump was a silent but equal presence as her husband all day, but Indian officials gave her the highest bill alongside the president.
On billboards that welcome the Trumps in India, the photo of the first lady is prominent next to the president.
The first lady started the journey when she stepped from Air Force One into a completely white trousers ensemble with a green sash around her waist.
She greeted Modi heartily and followed the red carpet behind the prime minister and her husband.
President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump listen to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi while sitting next to a charkha or spinning wheel during their visit to Gandhi Ashram
Melania Trump accompanied President Trump and Prime Minister Modi to the red carpet event and welcomed them to India
President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump listen to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during their visit to Gandhi Ashram
Melania Trump sins the guestbook in Gandhi’s house in a prayer scarf and slippers while Prime Minister Modi and President Trump watch
President Trump and Melania Trump stare at the Taj Mahal and finish their first day in India
The image of Melania appeared alongside the image of her husband on billboards throughout India
She also took off her white high-heeled shoes and put on a prayer scarf with her at the president and prime minister’s house to visit Mohandas Gandhi’s house.
There they saw the three statues of monkeys representing Gandhi’s famous saying: “hear no evil, speak no evil, see no evil.”
The Trumps also heard about Gandhi’s loom and the president tried to use a hand similar to that of the famous independence leader while the first lady watched.
Melania Trump will accompany the president on Tuesday for different parts of day two of their visit, including a stop at the US embassy to greet staff and a state dinner at the presidential palace.