PRIME Minister Justin Trudeau on Saturday issued the following statement in recognition of Navratri:
“This evening, Hindu communities in Canada and around the world will celebrate the beginning of Navratri.
“Celebrated over nine nights and ten days in autumn, Navratri symbolizes the triumph of good over evil and is one of the most important celebrations of the year in the Hindu faith.
“Families and friends usually join together to pray, dance, and observe traditions in hundreds of different forms passed down from generation to generation. This year, as we continue to fight the global COVID-19 pandemic and follow public health guidelines to keep each other and our communities safe, Hindus and non-Hindus alike will celebrate at home and turn to virtual ways to mark this special holiday.
“Navratri is an opportunity to celebrate Canada’s Hindu community and to reflect on its many contributions to help create a better, fairer, and more inclusive country.
“On behalf of all Canadians, Sophie and I extend our warmest regards to everyone celebrating Navratri, here in Canada and around the world.”
B.C. Premier John Horgan said in a statement on the beginning of Navratri: “On the first day of Navratri, we come together to celebrate the triumph of good over evil — Hindu communities here in BC and around the world join with family and friends to worship the nine forms of the Goddess Durga. In parts of India, this time of the year also symbolizes the epic battle culminating in the festival of Dussehra on the 10th day, an auspicious day for all Hindus. Now more than ever is a time to do good in our own lives — to take care of each other and make sure no one is left behind.
“Hindu culture has a rich history and home in British Columbia. Traditionally, over the next nine nights, many would be gathering to dance, pray and feast together. While this year celebrations may look different, and physically distanced gatherings will replace large events, I am confident that the spirit of Navrati will be as strong as ever.
“To all our family, friends and neighbours celebrating this week, I wish you a happy and joyful Navratri.”