Georgia, USA: A noteworthy milestone has been achieved as the State of Georgia officially designates the entire month of October as ‘Hindu Heritage Month.’ This declaration, made by Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, acknowledges the substantial impact of the vibrant Hindu American community on the state’s advancement. Throughout October, the state will come together in celebration, centering on the rich tapestry of Hindu culture and the multifaceted spiritual traditions originating from India.
October holds special significance for Hinduism, encompassing major festivals such as Navaratri and Diwali. According to the proclamation by Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, the rich heritage, culture, traditions, and values of Hinduism offer invaluable solutions to life’s challenges. These teachings not only inspire but also provide a profound source of reflection and contemplation for millions of individuals seeking guidance in their lives.
#BREAKING: Georgia proclaims October as Hindu Heritage month. Our thanks to Governor @BrianKempGA for this recognition. This was made possible by the untiring dedication of our friends at the Hindus of Georgia PAC. Hinduism has contributed greatly to the cultural milieu of… pic.twitter.com/Rh18yYqGII
— CoHNA (Coalition of Hindus of North America) (@CoHNAOfficial) August 30, 2023
The proclamation emphasizes that Hinduism, boasting one billion followers worldwide and approximately three million in the United States, stands as the third-largest religion globally. It highlights the significant contributions of the dynamic Hindu American community in enriching the vitality of Georgia. Throughout October 2023, the Hindu community in Georgia and across the nation will unite in celebrating their heritage by focusing on their culture and the diverse spiritual traditions rooted in India.
The Coalition of Hindus of North America (CoHNA), a prominent Hindu advocacy group in the United States, warmly embraces this recognition and extends their gratitude to Governor Brian Kemp for acknowledging the Hindu community’s contributions.
“Georgia proclaims October as Hindu Heritage Month. Our thanks to Governor @BrianKempGA for this recognition. This was made possible by the untiring dedication of our friends at the Hindus of Georgia PAC. Hinduism has greatly enriched the cultural landscape of America. It is gratifying to see Georgia acknowledge the contributions of Hindu Americans and Hinduism, especially at a time when California is addressing #SB403,” the group expressed on social media.
It’s worth noting that earlier this year, the Georgia Assembly took a historic step by passing the first-ever resolution condemning “Hinduphobia,” making it the inaugural U.S. state to do so. The resolution, associated with the ‘Understanding Hinduphobia Initiative,’ defines Hinduphobia as “a collection of antagonistic, destructive, and derogatory attitudes and behaviors directed towards Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism) and Hindus, often manifested as prejudice, fear, or hatred.”