The following is a statement from Premier John Horgan on the beginning of Navratri:
"On the first day of Navratri, we come together to celebrate the triumph of good over evil — Hindu communities here in BC and around the world join with family and friends to worship the nine forms of the Goddess Durga. In parts of India, this time of the year also symbolizes the epic battle culminating in the festival of Dussehra on the 10th day, an auspicious day for all Hindus. Now more than ever is a time to do good in our own lives — to take care of each other and make sure no one is left behind.
"Hindu culture has a rich history and home in British Columbia. Traditionally, over the next nine nights, many would be gathering to dance, pray and feast together. While this year celebrations may look different, and physically distanced gatherings will replace large events, I am confident that the spirit of Navratri will be as strong as ever.
"To all our family, friends and neighbours celebrating this week, I wish you a happy and joyful Navratri.”