OTTAWA, March 21, 2019 /CNW/ - The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on the occasion of Holi:
"Today, we join Hindu communities in Canada and around the world to celebrate Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours.
"Holi welcomes the beginning of spring and is a chance to give thanks for a bountiful harvest. Together, friends and loved ones will gather to celebrate with song, dance, and seasonal delicacies. People will light bonfires, and paint each other with vibrant coloured powders and dyes.
"A celebration of the triumph of good over evil, Holi is also a time to strengthen friendships and to pray for the good fortune and health of our loved ones. This occasion remind us all of the power of forgiveness to create a better world.
"Holi is one of the most celebrated festivals in South Asia, and Hindus and non-Hindus alike take part, in many parts of the world. Here in Canada, we recognize the important contributions Canadians of Hindu faith have made – and continue to make – to our country.
"On behalf of our family, Sophie and I wish all those celebrating Holi a joyful and colourful festival.
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