Ottawa, Ontario - April 14, 2018

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

“Today, Tamils in Canada and around the world will celebrate Puthandu and welcome the beginning of a new year.

“During this special time, families and loved ones will come together to eat delicious food, exchange gifts and greetings, and take part in cultural activities.

“Puthandu is a chance to reflect on the successes of the past year, embark upon new beginnings, and look forward to the year to come. As Tamils celebrate the New Year, let us all take the time to recognize the important contributions that Tamil Canadians make to our country every day.

“On behalf of our family, Sophie and I wish everyone celebrating a very happy New Year.

“Iniya Tamil Puthandu Nalvazhthukkal.”