Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed a proclamation declaring that October will be celebrated as Hindu Heritage Month in Georgia starting this year. The proclamation recognizes Hinduism is the third largest religion in the world, with over one billion followers worldwide and three million in the United States alone. 

The proclamation also notes the Hindu-American community’s contributions to the state of Georgia, and the importance of Hindu culture, traditions and values for adherents of the faith.

The proclamation comes a few months after Georgia became the first American state to legislate against Hinduphobia and anti-Hindu bigotry through a State Assembly resolution in April.

Tanay Gokhale is a Community Reporter at India Currents through the California Local News Fellowship cohort of 2023. Born and raised in Nashik, India, he moved to the United States for graduate study in...