Since its inception in 2013, the Hindu American Foundation has led efforts in California and elsewhere to recognize October as Hindu American Awareness and Appreciation Month (HAAAM), part of the global Hindu Heritage Month (HHM) campaign. October is significant because it is the birth month of Mahatma Gandhi and is often when major Hindu holidays such as Navaratri and Diwali are celebrated.
Hindu Heritage Month (HHM) is a global movement highlighting Hinduism as a tradition and contributions Hinduism has made to human society. As a partner organization that supports the global HHM movement, HAAAM seeks to highlight the Hindu-American experience, emphasizing the community’s contributions and challenges to life in the United States, both historically and currently.
Hindu American Awareness and Appreciation Month (HAAAM) resolutions seek to bring local awareness, recognition and acknowledgment of the significant contributions made by Hindu Americans across the US. Join us in bringing this national initiative to your local community by asking your elected officials to pass a resolution honoring our Hindu heritage so that we can build awareness and appreciation about our community.
Thanks to the advocacy of Mr. Rajesh Gooty and Virginia Delegate Suhas Subramanyam, the Hindu American Foundation (HAF) helped enable Virginia to became the first state in the US to recognize October as Hindu Heritage Month in perpetuity.