"Diwali Mubarak!" wrote the Canadian politician in photos posted on Twitter and Facebook. "We're celebrating in Ottawa tonight. #HappyDiwali!"
Diwali Mubarak! We're celebrating in Ottawa tonight. #HappyDiwali! pic.twitter.com/HBFlQUBhWX— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) October 17, 2017
Mr Trudeau, photographed wearing a black sherwani, was immediately corrected by some on social media:
It's not "Diwali Mubarak", it's "Diwali Ki Badhai" ... Correct it ..— Bhavesh K Pandey (@bhaveshkpandey) October 17, 2017
Word to the wise : It's "Shubh-Deepavali", (Auspicious Deepavali), and NOT "Diwali Mubarak". "Mubarak" is Arabic, not Indian. @CanadainIndia— Truthsayer (@a_truthsayer) October 17, 2017
PM Justin, thanks for the Deepavali Greetings. Confirm w. @CanadainIndia, please amend your tweet. Nobody, but nobody, says "Diwali Mubarak"— Truthsayer (@a_truthsayer) October 17, 2017
Thank you, Mr.PM. Its good to hear from a global icon. But it's either 'subh deewali' (Hindhi) or deepavali Vazhthukal(Tamil).— Abinayah Raguraam (@AbinayahR) October 17, 2017
Others were quick to dismiss what they saw as unnecessary criticism:
You are awesome. Not sure why ppl getting offended by "Mubarak" Respect the sentiments behind, Mubarak just an Arabic word for blessing— Shaan (@Shanyousaf6) October 17, 2017
Mubarak is Urdu word and badhai is Hindi/Punjabi , they both mean the same. Give some cushion to a westerner ffs.— Eye of tiger (@Aqal_k_dushman) October 17, 2017
Most, however, appreciated the Canadian politician's gesture and returned the greeting:
Aapko bhi Diwali Mubarak! pic.twitter.com/P7sxmH1xKB— ManojVerma (@mjmanojmanoj) October 17, 2017
Thanks PM Trudeau and Diwali Mubarak to you too!!!— Shiraz Khan (@itzShiraz) October 17, 2017
Aww... It feels so good when ppl other than your countrymen understand the importance of Diwali.. Diwali Mubarak..— Vaishnavi Gaur (@vaishnavigaur1) October 17, 2017
It is these moments of multicultural respect and dignity that makes me proud to be #Canadian.— Francis Janes (@seattlechef) October 17, 2017
Here are some more pictures from the Diwali celebrations in Ottawa:
It was great to catch up with Ministers @NavdeepSBains@HarjitSajjan@SohiAmarjeet@CQualtro & @BardishKWpic.twitter.com/63sfWtnHZs— Vikas Swarup (@VikasSwarup) October 17, 2017
A highlight was the Ottawa unveiling of the joint India Canada stamps on Diwali with @canadapostcorp CEO DeepakChopra & 5 Canadian Ministers pic.twitter.com/9soJXyejBM— Vikas Swarup (@VikasSwarup) October 17, 2017
But the biggest highlight was the presence of Prime Minister @JustinTrudeau Always a pleasure to see him & he is always in fab Indian attire pic.twitter.com/jHVlTqmSyZ- Vikas Swarup (@VikasSwarup) October 17, 2017
Diwali, or Deepavali, is the Hindu festival that celebrates the victory of good over evil. Also known as the Festival of Lights, Diwali is traditionally celebrated by lighting diyas and candles, praying to Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesh and meeting family and friends to exchange Diwali greetings and gifts. The festival of Diwali will be celebrated on October 19 this year.
The Canadian PM routinely takes to social media to celebrate different cultures and faiths.
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