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October 2023: Hindu Heritage Month
October 01, 2023
WHEREAS, Hinduism is the third largest religion in the world with millions of followers in the United States, including many in Michigan; 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, the Hindu heritage, culture, and traditions often serve as a source of inspiration, reflection, and contemplation for the millions of individuals who look to the teachings of Hinduism for guidance; 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 2023 as Hindu Heritage Month in Michigan.