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Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer proclaims October 2021 as Hindu Heritage Month

October 22, 2021

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has proclaimed October 2021 as the Hindu Heritage Month.

With a fast growing Hindu community and a number of temples, Michigan continues to be a desirable place to live, work and study for residents of Hindu faith.  

For the first time, a Michigan Governor, has issued such a proclamation.  

WHEREAS, Hinduism is the third largest religion in the world with one billion devotees worldwide and four million in the United States; and,

WHEREAS, Hindu Americans represent one of the fastest growing communities in the country; and,

WHEREAS, the practice of Hinduism seeks to promote unity among all Dharmic communities, increase awareness of the heritage's values, and educate society on issues affecting the Hindu American community; and,

WHEREAS, many Hindu holidays, such as Holi and Diwali, are often based on the cycle of nature-- marking the change of seasons or celebrating the harvest and fertility of the land--others are dedicated to a particular deity, such as Shiva or Ganesh; and,

WHEREAS, during the month of October, the culture, history, traditions, achievements, and contributions of Hindu Americans are recognized and celebrated throughout the United States and in Michigan; and,

WHEREAS, the Hindu American community has made significant contributions to the social, cultural, and economic vibrancy of our state and nation, adding to Michigan's diversity and prosperity; and,

WHEREAS, the state of Michigan embraces the diversity represented in our communities and seeks to afford all residents the opportunity to better understand, recognize, and appreciate the rich history and shared experiences of Hindu Americans;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim the month of October 2021 as Hindu Heritage Month in Michigan.  

The proclamation acknowledges the rich heritage of Hinduism and appreciates the significant contributions made Hindu Americans to social, cultural and economic vibrancy of Michigan and America.

Statement from Hindu Community Relations Council (HCRC):

"On behalf of several thousand Michigan residents of Hindu identity, HCRC (Hindu Community Relations Council) appreciates the proclamation by Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer.  We believe that it serves as a testament to contributions made by individuals and organizations from the Hindu community to the social, cultural, scientific, and economic vibrancy of Michigan.  We would also like to thank those that called the governor’s staff and shared the awareness of the importance of this milestone.  This recognition serves as not only a point of pride to Hindu Americans, but the broader Michigan community as well, to better understand, cherish, and preserve our rich and diverse tapestry of traditions, spirituality, and practices." 

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