In a significant stride, the US State of Georgia has officially proclaimed October as ‘Hindu Heritage Month’, recognizing the substantial contributions of the dynamic ‘Hindu American’ community to the state’s progress. The announcement was made by Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, emphasizing that October will be a month of collective celebration, focusing on Hindu culture and the rich spiritual traditions that emanate from India.
October holds particular significance for Hinduism, featuring major festivals like Navaratri and Diwali. Governor Kemp’s proclamation underscores the invaluable solutions that Hindu heritage, culture, traditions, and values offer to individuals facing life’s challenges. These teachings serve as sources of inspiration, reflection, and contemplation for millions of seekers who seek guidance from Hinduism.
Highlighting Hinduism’s global prominence, the proclamation acknowledges it as the world’s third-largest religion, boasting a billion followers worldwide, with around three million in the US. The vibrant Hindu American community garners special recognition for its substantial contributions to Georgia’s vitality, enriching the lives of its residents.
Throughout October 2023, the Hindu community in Georgia and across the nation will unite to commemorate its heritage by shining a spotlight on its culture and the diverse spiritual legacies rooted in India. This celebration marks an occasion to honor the richness and depth of Hindu traditions.
The Coalition of Hindus of North America (CoHNA), a prominent Hindu advocacy group in the US, has expressed its appreciation for the recognition and thanked Governor 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 contributed greatly 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 shared on X (formerly Twitter).
Notably, earlier this year, the Georgia Assembly took a groundbreaking step by passing the first-ever resolution against “Hinduphobia,” making it the pioneering US state to do so. This resolution, which emerged in response to the ‘Understanding Hinduphobia Initiative’, characterizes Hinduphobia as a range of hostile, harmful, and derogatory attitudes and behaviors directed towards Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism) and Hindus. These attitudes may manifest as prejudice, fear, or hatred.