Georgia declares October as ‘Hindu Heritage Month’


October holds special significance as it marks the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and it’s the time of the year to celebrate Hindu festivals like Navratri and Diwali

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Acknowledging the contributions of the Hindu-American community in the US state of Georgia, Governor Brian Kemp has declared that October will be celebrated as ‘Hindu Heritage Month’ in the state.

With this move, Georgia joins a list of states from across the country, including Texas, Ohio, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Georgia, Florida, Minnesota, Virginia, etc, to commemorate Hindu heritage, culture, values, and traditions.

October is significant as it is the birth month of Mahatama Gandhi and is often when major Hindu holidays such as Navratri and Diwali are celebrated.

“The Hindu heritage, culture, traditions, and values provide their followers 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 read.

“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.”

Welcoming the move, CoHNA (Coalition of Hindus of North America), a Hindu advocacy group in the US, said that “it is gratifying to see Georgia recognise the contribution of Hindu-Americans”.

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