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Canadian PM Justin Trudeau wishes ‘Diwali Mubarak’, Twitter is not pleased

Several users were displeased with Justin Trudeau for using the word ‘Mubarak’ that has its origin in Arabic.

world Updated: Oct 17, 2017 10:51 IST
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The image has been retweeted nearly 800 times and ‘liked’ by 3.5K users.(@JustinTrudeau Twitter)

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took to Twitter on Tuesday morning to wish everyone a happy Diwali. He, however, managed to come in the line of fire of several users for his choice of words.

‘Diwali Mubarak’, Trudeau greeted his 3.71 million followers, with a picture of himself in a black sherwani, lighting a lamp.

“Diwali Mubarak! We’re celebrating in Ottawa tonight. #HappyDiwali!” reads the caption of the image that has been retweeted nearly 800 times and ‘liked’ by 3.5K users.

Trudeau was instantly criticised for using the word ‘Mubarak’ that has its origins in Arabic. He was asked to correct his mistake:

There were some who thought the criticism was unnecessary and that the spirit of the festival should be enjoyed:

Trudeau has been known to partake in Indian festivities every once in a while.

In July this year, clad in a green kurta and white pyjamas, the 45-year-old performed a pooja at the BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir in Toronto, emphasising how deeply Canada values the “special” relationship with India.

In August, he made his maiden appearance at an event celebrating India’s Independence Day after he became Canada’s PM and won the crowd over by concluding his speech with “Jai Hind”.

India will celebrate the festival of lights on October 19.

First Published: Oct 17, 2017 10:43 IST