OTTAWA, March 19, 2020 /CNW/ - The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on Nowruz:
"Today, we join Persian, Afghan, Kurdish, Zoroastrian, Bahá'í, Central Asian, and Ismaili communities in Canada and around the world to celebrate Nowruz, the first day of spring and the beginning of the New Year in the Persian calendar.
"Nowruz is a time of spiritual renewal, and a chance to show gratitude for our blessings and share aspirations of hope and optimism for the year ahead. It is also a chance for all Canadians to recognize the important contributions the many communities that observe Nowruz make to our country.
"To the many families who will be spending their first Nowruz without the loved ones lost in the Ukraine International Airlines tragedy: know that all Canadians mourn with you.
"Most years, families and friends mark Nowruz by gathering around the haft-seen table to share festive meals. This year, as Canada and countries around the world feel the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, I urge people to celebrate differently by practising social distancing to help limit the spread of the virus. I thank organizers of Nowruz events for their responsible action in past weeks of delaying festivals until a time when we can all safely celebrate together.
"On behalf of our family, Sophie and I wish all those celebrating a happy New Year.
"Har Ruz etan Nowrouz, Nowruz etan Pyrouz."
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