According to community leaders, more than 20 of the 50 states and over 40 cities have issued proclamations declaring October Hindu Heritage Month.
Representatives have issued proclamations and notices to recognize the accomplishments of this minority population in the US. The first time Hindu groups have attempted such a thing.
Around October, Hindus all around the world celebrate Navratri, Dussehra, Durga Puja, and Diwali. As a result, a media release stated that various US-based Hindu organizations deemed this month the Hindu Heritage Month to be celebrated.
A Hindu way of life has permeated all aspects of American culture, from yoga to food, celebrations to charity, dances to music, and nonviolence to deep philosophy. According to the statement, this month, the Hindu community is celebrating in all of these ways that are particularly Hindu.
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Troy, Michigan, and Irvine, California are close together. Some cities, such as Portland, Oregon; Irving, Texas; and Houston, Texas, have declared Hindu Heritage Month. Hinduism’s historical contribution to America and its present-day significance in American society were lauded by national leaders in the release.
However, while Congressman Troy Balderson praised the Hindu American community for its tenacity, Congressman Raja Krishnamurthy referred to Hinduism as a “uniquely pluralistic religion”.
Governor Charlie Baker of Massachusetts credited the state’s thriving Hindu community for much of the Commonwealth’s “vitality.”
As well as recognizing Diwali and Hindus’ contributions, Troy, Michigan, also recognized the festival’s charitable activities.
Bindu Patel, a prominent Hindu leader, commended Irving for sponsoring Hindu Heritage Month activities and embracing the community. To give back to the community, the Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS) is organizing a “Sewa Diwali food drive” with the local interfaith community.
During a City Hall meeting with community representatives, HSS volunteer Rajender Sandadi from Troy, Michigan, accepted the proclamation. He expressed his gratitude to the city for demonstrating tolerance in practice and valuing the Hindu community’s contributions.
“Diwali takes place during the first week of November this year. As a result, the Hindu Heritage Month celebrations and spirit of giving are projected to be prolonged by a few more weeks, “according to the press release.