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October 2021: Hindu Heritage Month
October 22, 2021
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.