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Justin Trudeau Wished Everyone "Diwali Mubarak" And People Got Salty

That's not how you say that.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau got in the Diwali spirit on Monday, donning a black sherwani to take part in festivities in Ottawa. But people aren't happy with his tweet about it.

Twitter: @JustinTrudeau

In the tweet, Trudeau wished everyone "Diwali Mubarak" — which, as many people have pointed out, is not how you say that.

There are dozens of languages spoken by Hindus and a lot of ways to wish someone a happy Diwali. "Mubarak" is an Arabic word that basically translates to "blessed." You'd use it, for example, to wish someone Eid Mubarak.

So while the word is used to wish people a happy holiday, it's just not used for Diwali.

Saying "Diwali Mubarak" is kinda like saying "have a dandy Christmas." It's just weird.

@JustinTrudeau It's not "Diwali Mubarak", it's "Diwali Ki Badhai" ... Correct it ..

And dozens of people on Twitter were happy to point out the mistake.

@JustinTrudeau My man you can’t say Mubarak when referring to Diwali

The blunder was covered by The Indian Express, Hindustan Times, NDTV, and other news outlets based in India.

Others let him know more commons ways to wish someone a happy Diwali.

@JustinTrudeau Thank you, Mr.PM. Its good to hear from a global icon. But it's either 'subh deewali' (Hindhi) or d…


@JustinTrudeau No. No. We say Deepawali shubhashaya🙏🏻🙏🏻

@JustinTrudeau Who says Diwali MUBARAK? SHUBH Diwali! You cant even wish us properly and want our votes.

Some people were more forgiving.

@JustinTrudeau that's arabic, justin. but we'll let it pass because we love you

And just appreciated that he wished people a happy Diwali, no matter how he did it.

@JustinTrudeau Apologies on behalf of all the #LowIQSanghis spewing venom on ur twitter for merely wishing us. #HappyDiwali to you too.

Lauren Strapagiel is Managing Editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Toronto, Canada.

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