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Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on Holi

Ottawa, Ontario
March 13, 2017

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on the occasion of Holi:

“This week, Canadians of the Hindu faith will celebrate Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours.

“This festival marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring. It is an opportunity to celebrate peace, renew friendships, and look forward to new beginnings with optimism and joy. It is also a time to reflect on the traditional notions of good and evil, and the ultimate triumph of light over darkness. Holi is celebrated by Hindus and non-Hindus alike across Canada, South Asia, and around the world.

“To mark this happy occasion, family and loved ones gather to sing, dance, eat delicacies, light bonfires, and paint each other with brightly coloured powders and dyes.

“This year, as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation, let us take the opportunity to honour the many cultures, traditions, and beliefs that make Canada such a wonderful place to live. Canadians of the Hindu faith have made enormous contributions to Canada and have helped make it the strong and diverse country it is today.

“On behalf of our family, Sophie and I wish all those celebrating Holi a fun, joyous, and colourful festival.

“Holi Hai!” 


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