Source: Huffington Post
By Doha Madani
Justin Trudeau might be admired around the world, but that doesn’t make him immune to mistakes.
People are upset with the Canadian prime minister for accidentally using an Arabic word to celebrate Diwali. Diwali is the biggest holiday in India held for five days in autumn to coincide with the Hindu new year marked by the lunar calendar. Trudeau tweeted out a message to celebrate the event but ended up offending his followers.
“Diwali Mubarak! We’re celebrating in Ottawa tonight,” Trudeau wrote.
“Mubarak,” is the Arabic word for “blessed” that is typically used to commemorate the Islamic holiday of Eid. But Diwali, also known as Deepavali, the festival of lights is honored by Hindus, Jains, Buddhists and Sikhs across the world.