It was a carnival-like atmosphere outside Sonia Gandhi's 10, Janpath, residence on Saturday as scores of joyous Congress workers celebrated their leader's 60th birthday singing, dancing and beating drums.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his cabinet colleagues were the first to reach the heavily-guarded bungalow in the heart of the city early in the morning to greet the UPA Chairperson.
Wearing a pink-coloured printed saree and a black coat, a smiling Gandhi received leaders cutting across party lines, offered them sweets and posed for photographs while accepting flowers, bouquets and gifts.
Those came to wish her included Home Minister Shivraj Patil, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee, Defence Minister AK Antony, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi and Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit.
Singh, accompanied by wife Gursharan Kaur, presented her a bouquet, a shawl and a uniquely handcrafted momento containing an essay on her political career, letters from the Prime Minister and other eminent personalities.
CWC members, PCC chiefs and Congress Chief Ministers Ghulam Nabi Azad, Amarinder Singh and Bhupinder Singh Hooda offered their greetings to the party president.