Premier John Horgan has issued the following statement marking the beginning of Navratri:

“Today, the festival of Navratri begins for Hindus here in British Columbia and around the world.

“Celebrated over nine nights and 10 days in autumn, Navratri honors and gives thanks to Hindu deity Durga, the feminine energy and her nine forms. On the 10th day, the festival of Vijayadashami or Dussehra is celebrated, which symbolizes good triumphing over evil and marks the beginning of preparations for Diwali.

“Navratri brings together families and friends to pray, take part in traditional forms of dancing like garba and dandiya, and enjoy many other traditions passed down through the generations. While this year’s celebrations may once again look different, know that the joyful spirit of Navratri remains as strong as ever.

“On behalf of all British Columbians, I send best wishes to everyone celebrating.

“Shubh Navratri and happy Dussehra!”

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 start of Navratri – one of the most important festivals of the year in the Hindu faith.

“Taking place over nine days and 10 nights, Navratri is a joyful time that symbolizes the triumph of good over evil by goddess Durga, and is often regarded as a celebration of women’s empowerment. Family and friends across Canada will gather to pray, share special meals, exchange greetings, dance, and observe traditions in hundreds of various forms passed down from generation to generation. This year, as we continue to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, celebrations will follow public health guidelines to keep each other and our communities safe.

“Canadians recognize that diversity makes us stronger. On Navratri, I invite everyone to join me in celebrating our country’s Hindu community and reflecting on their many contributions in the fields of art, education, and science, which have helped enrich our national fabric.

“On behalf of the Government of Canada, I extend my best wishes to all those celebrating Navratri, here in Canada and around the world.

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