Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

March 13, 2017 10:00 ET

Statement by Minister Joly on Holi

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - March 13, 2017) -

This week, communities of Hindu faith in Canada and around the world celebrate Holi, also known as The Festival of Colours. This celebration marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring. To mark this special occasion, families will come together to sing, dance, and paint each other with colourful powders and dyes. Fires are lit as a symbol of the triumph of good over evil.

With its message of peace and friendship, Holi is increasingly celebrated by people of all faiths and backgrounds across Canada. It is an example of how we all benefit from our country's rich diversity from coast to coast to coast.

As this year also marks the 150th anniversary of Confederation, let us take the opportunity to reflect on the immense contributions from Canadians of the Hindu faith to our national fabric.

As Minister of Canadian Heritage and Minister responsible for Multiculturalism, I wish everyone a happy Holi. Holi Hai!

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  • Pierre-Olivier Herbert
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    819-997-7788