PRIME Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday said in a statement: “Today, we join Hindu communities in Canada and around the world to celebrate Holi.
“Also known as the Festival of Colours, Holi marks the arrival of spring. It is a time to celebrate peace, renew and strengthen friendships, and look to the new season ahead with optimism and joy. It is also an opportunity to reflect on the traditional notions of good and evil and the triumph of light over darkness.
“On this occasion, family and friends will sing and dance, share seasonal delicacies, and paint each other with brightly coloured powders and dyes.
“Holi is one of the most celebrated festivals in South Asia, and in many parts of the world. Here in Canada, these celebrations are a reminder that diversity and inclusion build stronger and more vibrant communities. They are also an opportunity to recognize the important contributions Canadians of Hindu faith make to our country every day.
“On behalf of the Government of Canada, Sophie and I wish a fun, colourful, and joyous festival to everyone celebrating.
B.C. Premier John Horgan said: “As colourful signs of spring blossom all over our province, this week many British Columbians will be celebrating Holi, the Hindu Festival of Colour. The Sikh community also celebrates this time of year with Hola Mohalla.
“Holi commemorates the triumph of good over evil. People around the world will celebrate this festival and the arrival of spring by lighting Holika bonfires, throwing parties and painting each other with brightly coloured powder and coloured water.
“This is a joyful time to laugh, dance, gather together with family and friends, and also make new friends.
“We wish everyone celebrating Holi and Hola Mohalla a happy and colourful festival.
“Holi Ki Badhai! Hola Mohalla Mubarak!”
ANDREW Wilkinson, Leader of the Official Opposition, said: “Today, people all across the world will gather together with friends and family to celebrate the cultural and religious festival of Holi.
“Holi, the Festival of Colours, marks the beginning of spring for Hindus with singing, dancing, and bold colours.
“Here in British Columbia, many non-Hindus join in on the festivities and take advantage of the opportunity to celebrate the diversity that is a core strength of our province.
“On behalf of the entire BC Liberal Caucus, I would like to wish all those celebrating Holi a successful, happy, and colourful festival!