Diwali Greetings From Canada's Justin Trudeau, Wearing A Sherwani

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau offered Diwali greetings on social media, but a few people started nitpicking at his choice of words.

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Diwali Greetings From Canada's Justin Trudeau, Wearing A Sherwani

Diwali 2017: Justin Trudeau was photographed wearing a sherwani during Diwali celebrations in Ottawa


Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took to social media, just a couple of hours before writing this, to wish those celebrating a Happy Diwali. Mr Trudeau posted a photo of him lighting a ceremonial lamp during celebrations in the city of Ottawa, as Indian High Commissioner Vikas Swarup and members of the Indian diaspora looked on. But it's his choice of greeting that has a few people on social media riled up.

"Diwali Mubarak!" wrote the Canadian politician in photos posted on Twitter and Facebook. "We're celebrating in Ottawa tonight. #HappyDiwali!" 
 
Mr Trudeau, photographed wearing a black sherwani, was immediately corrected by some on social media:
    
Others were quick to dismiss what they saw as unnecessary criticism:
  
Most, however, appreciated the Canadian politician's gesture and returned the greeting:
    
Here are some more pictures from the Diwali celebrations in Ottawa:
   
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. 

Earlier this year, Mr Trudeau wished everyone on Eid Al-Fitr. He also offered Vaisakhi greetings in Punjabi and greeted Tamils all over the world on Pongal.

He has been spotted at least twice before in kurtas as well.
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