Ottawa, Ontario
March 20, 2017

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

“Today, we join Persian, Central Asian, Kurdish, and Ismaili Canadians to celebrate the festival of Nowruz.

“This ancient festival has been observed for thousands of years to welcome the coming of spring and the New Year in the Persian calendar. It is a time for friends and family to join together at the haft-seen table – displaying seven items symbolizing the blessings of life – to exchange gifts, enjoy music, and share food. Nowruz, which means new day in Farsi, is also an opportunity to renew our collective commitment to harmony, acceptance, and understanding.

“This year, as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation, I invite all Canadians to honour the many cultures, traditions, and beliefs that make Canada the vibrant and inclusive place it is today. 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 the Government of Canada, Sophie and I wish a healthy and prosperous new year to all those celebrating Nowruz in Canada and around the world.

“Har Ruz etan Nowrouz, Nowruz etan Pyrouz.”