One of the important gardens of Rashtrapati Bhavan is the Central Lawn. Square in shape with its side measuring 45 metres, Central Lawn is the main venue for the annual 'At Home' ceremonies hosted by the President of India on Republic Day and Independence Day.
Eminent people from public life, the diplomatic community, media persons and many guests are part of these receptions where they can meet the President and other dignitaries. Earlier, 'At Home' ceremonies for visiting Heads of State were also held at the Central Lawn. That practice has however since been discontinued. During President Obama's visit to India in 2010, the Central Lawn was used to host the State Banquet. In 1977, the Central Lawn was also used to host the funeral prayer meet of India's 5th President, Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed.