Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is known for embracing the cultural diversity that permeates present-day Canada, which is why it comes across as no surprise that the PM celebrated Diwali with the Indian community in Ottawa.
The High Commissioner of India to Canada, Vikas Swarup, was also present during the celebrations.
The PM posted a photo on his Twitter account, in which he can be seen clad in a black Sherwani and lighting up diyas.
However, Trudeau was called out by several Twitter users for using the word ‘Mubarak’ in stead of saying ‘Shubh Diwali’ or even ‘Happy Diwali’.
‘Mubarak,’ which means ‘blessed’ in Arabic, was seen as an error by many of these users, who then proceeded to correct Trudeau.
Word to the wise : It's "Shubh-Deepavali", (Auspicious Deepavali), and NOT "Diwali Mubarak". "Mubarak" is Arabic, not Indian. @CanadainIndia— Truthsayer (@a_truthsayer) October 17, 2017
It's not "Diwali Mubarak", it's "Diwali Ki Badhai" ... Correct it ..— Bhavesh K Pandey (@bhaveshkpandey) October 17, 2017
My man you can’t say Mubarak when referring to Diwali— Bhavana (@BhavanaNTR) October 17, 2017
The words ‘Pakistani’ and ‘Islam’ were also thrown around.
Eid Mubarak not Diwali Mubarak, wish only Happy Diwali, stop getting coaching from Pakistani about Hindu festivals.— anjani choubey (@anjmb) October 17, 2017
When did Justin Trudeau converted to Islam ,— ?Mission350+ ⏩2019 (@BabrooWahen) October 17, 2017
He has started appropriating Diwali as a Islamic Festival?
Diwali Ki Shubhkamnaye........Not Mubarak....It's filthy Arabic— Amitesh Kumar (@AmiteshK01) October 17, 2017
There were, however, a few who chose to overlook the faux-pas and urged others to do the same, and appreciate instead the spirit with which Trudeau had celebrated the festival and wished others.
I am a HINDU & 'Diwali Mubarak' is perfectly right for me. It's all about wishing and not making petty issues out of it.— Aayush Sharma (ANI) (@AayushPrime) October 17, 2017
that's arabic, justin. but we'll let it pass because we love you— oneli ? (@OnieXOX) October 17, 2017
Trudeau has frequently been lauded for embracing cultural diversity, as opposed to his US counterpart Donald Trump.
He could be hating on the brown like Trump, but is trying to embrace the religion like Justin Trudeau always does. #cuthimsomeslack— Alvaki (@Alvaki2) October 17, 2017
Happy to see you always towards indian culture— Vinod_Rad (@radiologyvinod) October 17, 2017
Happy Diwali to you and your family!!! May the light of tolerance, justice and humanity shine on all.— ravinder darshi (@rdarshi) October 17, 2017
Happy Diwali Justin Trudeau !!— Sree (@Craok_44) October 17, 2017
??? looking good— Eminem's Gal (@chatpataka100) October 17, 2017
Thanks PM Trudeau and Diwali Mubarak to you too!!!— Shiraz Khan (@itzShiraz) October 17, 2017
Happy Deepawali mr PM— mukesh khare (@m_khare06) October 17, 2017
It is worth noting how the phrase ‘Happy Diwali,’ which is a non-Hindu, non-Indian, and non-traditional greeting, is seen as acceptable, secular even (though it comes from the West and may thus be associated with Christianity), whereas ‘Diwali Mubarak’ is not merely Arabic, but also Islamic, non-Indian, and even Pakistani.
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