Broward County in Florida Declares November as ‘Hindu Heritage Month,’ Celebrating One of the World’s Largest and Oldest Religions

Broward County, Florida – In a significant move recognizing the profound impact of Hinduism and the contributions of its community, Broward County, Florida, has officially designated November as ‘Hindu Heritage Month.’ The county joins a growing list of U.S. states, including Georgia, Texas, Ohio, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Virginia, in commemorating Hindu heritage, culture, values, and traditions.

A Global Legacy

Hinduism, one of the world’s largest and oldest religions, is celebrated for its rich tapestry of traditions, philosophies, and practices. Broward County’s decision to honor Hindu Heritage Month reflects its commitment to acknowledging the enduring influence of Hinduism on a global scale.

Diwali, the Festival of Lights

November holds particular significance for Hindus worldwide as it marks the celebration of Diwali, the festival of lights. This year, Diwali falls on the 12th of November, and millions of Hindus across the United States, including Broward County, eagerly anticipate this occasion.

Diwali is heralded as a time of peace, joy, and new beginnings, where people of all ages illuminate oil lamps, partake in festive fireworks and share sweet treats.

CoHNA Welcomes the Resolution

The Coalition of Hindus of North America (CoHNA), a prominent Hindu advocacy group in the United States, warmly welcomed Broward County’s resolution. In a statement, CoHNA remarked, “The Resolution also acknowledges Hinduism as one of the world’s largest and oldest religions, along with its diverse traditions, collectively known as Sanatana Dharma, with core values of acceptance, mutual respect, freedom, and peace.”

Contributions to American Society

The resolution also acknowledged the profound impact of the Hindu community’s contributions to various aspects of American society. These contributions include yoga, ayurveda, meditation, culinary traditions, music, and arts, which have significantly enriched the cultural fabric of the nation.

Additionally, it highlighted how the philosophical tenets of Vedanta and principles such as selfless service and non-violence have inspired numerous American intellectuals and leaders.

Figures like Martin Luther King, Jr., John D. Rockefeller, Henry David Thoreau, Aldous Huxley, and many others have drawn inspiration from Hindu philosophy.

Demographic Significance

Florida, which boasts a diverse population, is home to a substantial Indian community. Recent estimates indicate that Indians constitute the largest Asian group in Florida, with a population of 153,968.

The recognition of Hindu Heritage Month in Broward County underscores the importance of fostering understanding and unity among diverse communities within the state.

National Recognition

Broward County’s declaration of November as ‘Hindu Heritage Month’ aligns with similar initiatives in other states across the country. Notably, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp recently proclaimed October as ‘Hindu Heritage Month’ in his state, highlighting the increasing recognition of Hinduism’s cultural and spiritual significance in the United States.

This landmark decision by Broward County reflects a broader movement in the United States to celebrate diversity and promote cultural awareness and understanding among its citizens. It underscores the importance of recognizing the enduring impact of Hinduism and the rich heritage it brings to American society.


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