Georgia Has Proclaimed October to be “Hindu Heritage Month”

1 September, 2023 | Akshara Tyagi

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Georgia designates October as 'Hindu Heritage Month' to honor the Hindu American community's contributions.

In a notable development, Georgia, a US state, has officially designated October as ‘Hindu Heritage Month,’ recognizing the substantial contributions of the vibrant Hindu American community to the state’s advancement.

This declaration was made by Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, emphasizing that October will be a month of collective celebration dedicated to the rich Hindu culture and the diverse spiritual traditions originating from India.

It’s worth mentioning that October holds particular significance in Hinduism, featuring major festivals such as Navaratri and Diwali.

“The Hindu heritage, culture, traditions, and values provide their followers with invaluable solutions to many of life’s problems and often serve as a source of inspiration, reflection, and contemplation for the millions of individuals who look to the teachings of Hinduism for guidance,” the proclamation by the Georgia Governor stated.

The proclamation also noted that Hinduism boasts a global following of one billion adherents, making it the third-largest religion worldwide, with around three million followers residing in the United States.

“The vibrant Hindu American community has contributed tremendously to the vitality of the State of Georgia by enriching the lives of its citizens,” the proclamation stated.
It added, “During the month of October 2023, the Hindu community across the State of Georgia and across our great nation will collectively celebrate its heritage by focusing on its culture and the diverse spiritual traditions rooted in India”.

The Coalition of Hindus of North America (CoHNA), an advocacy organization representing Hindus in the United States, has expressed its appreciation for the decision and extended gratitude to Governor Kemp for acknowledging the Hindu community’s contributions.

“Georgia proclaims October as Hindu Heritage Month. Our thanks to Governor Brian Kemp of Georgia for this recognition. This was made possible by the untiring dedication of our friends at the Hindus of Georgia PAC.

Hinduism has greatly contributed to the cultural milieu of America. It is gratifying to see Georgia recognize the contribution of Hindu Americans and Hinduism at the same time that California is targeting us with #SB403,” the group said on X (formerly Twitter).

Earlier this year, the Georgia Assembly achieved a historic milestone by passing a resolution that condemned “Hinduphobia,” marking it as the first U.S. state to do so. The resolution, referencing the ‘Understanding Hindu Phobia Initiative,’ defined Hindu phobia as a collection of negative attitudes and actions directed towards Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism) and Hindus. These actions may take the form of prejudice, fear, or hatred.

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