Statement by Minister Chagger on Beginning of Sacred Navratri Festival
Tonight, Hindu communities across
Lasting nine nights and ten days, this popular festival traditionally gives thanks to the Mother Goddess in her various forms. According to the legend of Ramayana, Navratri represents the triumph of good over evil. It is a time of joy, introspection, purification, and devotion, which brings Hindu families and their loved ones together to fast, exchange vows, pray, sing, and dance.
This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Navratri will be celebrated through virtual activities and festivities. I invite all Canadians to get to know the dynamic Hindu community here in
As Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth, I wish all those celebrating Navratri a joyful festival. Shubh Navratri! Keep well and stay safe.