Canadian PM Justin Trudeau Wishes 'Diwali Mubarak', Twitterati Have Mixed Reactions

| October 17 , 2017 , 15:46 IST

Canada's Prime Minister, the 45-year-old Justin Trudeau is known for celebrating cultural diversity with full gusto, and as the festival of lights Diwali approaches, he took to Twitter to share a message for those celebrating.

Trudeau shared a picture of himself dressed in a black sherwani as he lit a traditional Indian lamp with many others festively dressed in the background and wrote: Diwali Mubarak! We're celebrating in Ottawa tonight. #HappyDiwali!

The Canadian PM's message received mixed reactions on Twitter.

Diwali, which is a major festival for Hindus, is generally not associated with the word 'Mubarak' which is an Urdu word more commonly used in celebrating Muslim holidays, for example, Eid.

While many Twitterati appreciated the sentiments of PM Justin Trudeau, regardless of his 'faux pas' in terms of the wording used, others lashed out at him for using the term 'Mubarak' to wish the Hindu community on Diwali.

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