Ottawa, Ontario - October 9, 2018

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement in recognition of Navratri:

“This evening, Hindu communities in Canada and around the world will celebrate the beginning of one of their most important festivals, Navratri.

“The celebrations, which symbolize the triumph of good over evil, take place over nine nights and ten days. Throughout the festivities, families and friends come together to pray, dance, and observe traditions in hundreds of different forms passed down from generation to generation.

“The festival is now celebrated globally by Hindus and non-Hindus alike. It is a joyful time that reminds us of the invaluable contributions the Hindu community makes every day to our national fabric.

“On behalf of our family, Sophie and I wish everyone celebrating a happy Navratri.”