Ottawa, Ontario - March 20, 2016

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on Nowruz:

“Today, we welcome the New Year as marked in the Persian Calendar and celebrate Nowruz.

“For thousands of years, Nowruz has been celebrated by Persian, Central Asian, Kurdish and Ismaili communities. Marking the beginning of spring, it is an occasion for friends and family to come together over the haft seen table, exchange gifts, and enjoy traditional delicacies. It is also a time to reflect on the values of peace, harmony, tolerance, and reconciliation. 

“Canada’s cultural diversity is one of our greatest strengths and a source of pride. As Nowruz brings together people of many different cultures, religions, and languages, let us take this time to recognize and celebrate the contributions of Persian, Central Asian, Kurdish and Ismaili Canadians across the country.

“On behalf of Sophie and my family, I wish a healthy, happy, and prosperous new year to all those marking Nowruz in Canada and across the world.

“Har Ruz etan Nowrouz, Nowruz etan Pyrouz.”