Many states of the United States of America (USA) have declared the month of October as ‘Hindu Heritage Month’ observing “Hinduism has contributed greatly to America through its unique history and heritage”.
A declaration noted “Communities of the faith have long served as beacons of hope, sharing their beliefs and bettering their communities through service; improving and inspiring the lives of thousands of followers around the world. Hinduism has contributed greatly to our state and nation through its unique history and heritage.”
This came after several Hindu organisations in the United States started celebrating October as Hindu Heritage month.
Now, the organisations are demanding the US President Joe Biden to declare October as the Hindu Heritage Month.
“Keeping in with aspirations of the three million strong Hindu-American community and in order to continue to harbour and maintain good relations with India, the motherland of millions of Hindu-Americans, we urge you (the president) to formally declare by an Executive Order the month of October as the Hindu Heritage Month” India Today quoted the Hindu organisations.
Vishva Hindu Parishad of America (VHPA) president Ajay Shah said, “It's high time to educate the world on our philosophy and ethos.”
The declaration by the governors, senators and congressmen noted the contributions of the Hindu religion to world peace and richness.
Georgia governor’s declaration noted “The vibrant Hindu American community has contributed tremendously to the vitality of the state of Georgia by enriching the lives of its citizens.”
It added “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 celebrations will include cultural programmes, fashion shows, webinars, multi-day conferences, walkathons.
“Hindu heritage and culture are thousands of years old; it is our duty to share it with the world and pass it onto our next generations for them so that they take pride in their roots," India Today quoted Sanjay Kaul, vice president of the World Hindu Council of America.