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WHEREAS, Hinduism is the third largest religion in the world, with more than one billion followers worldwide, 2 million in the United States; and
WHEREAS, the Hindu heritage, culture, traditions, and values provide invaluable solutions to many of life’s problems and 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, Hindus represent one of the newest and fastest growing immigrant communities in the United States;
WHEREAS, backed by family structure and love for education, Hindus are fully integrated into every aspect of their adopted society; and
WHEREAS, the vibrant Hindu-American community has contributed tremendously to the vitality of the Commonwealth of Virginia by enriching the lives of its citizens; and
WHEREAS, during the month of October, the Hindu community across the Commonwealth of Virginia and across our great nation will collectively celebrate its heritage by focusing on its culture and the diverse spiritual traditions rooted in India; now
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize October 2021 as HINDU HERITAGE MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.