Canada’s Prime Minister extends good wishes to Hindu communities on Navratri

The Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, has issued a statement extending best wishes the Hindu communities of Canada as they celebrate Navratri.

In the statement made available to African Canadian Magazine, Trudeau said "This evening, Hindu communities in Canada and around the world will celebrate the start of Navratri – one of the most important festivals of the year in the Hindu faith.”

The Prime Minister noted that "Taking place over nine days and 10 nights, Navratri is a joyful time that symbolizes the triumph of good over evil by goddess Durga, and is often regarded as a celebration of women's empowerment.”

He said that “family and friends across Canada will gather to pray, share special meals, exchange greetings, dance, and observe traditions in hundreds of various forms passed down from generation to generation.”

Trudeau added that “this year, as we continue to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, celebrations will follow public health guidelines to keep each other and our communities safe.”

"Canadians recognize that diversity makes us stronger. On Navratri, I invite everyone to join me in celebrating our country's Hindu community and reflecting on their many contributions in the fields of art, education, and science, which have helped enrich our national fabric,” Trudeau said.

He concluded with a message of best wishes, saying that "On behalf of the Government of Canada, I extend my best wishes to all those celebrating Navratri, here in Canada and around the world."