Since its inception in 2013, the Hindu American Foundation has been the lead supporter of the California resolution recognizing October as Hindu American Awareness and Appreciation Month.
Sponsored by Assembly Member Ash Kalra, and drafted by HAF, this resolution has been passed seven times in California and one time in Michigan.
October holds a special significance as it is the birth month of Mahatma Gandhi and is often when Diwali is held. This resolution brings local awareness in recognizing and acknowledging the significant contributions made by Hindu Americans and seeks to increase awareness and understanding of the Hindu American community.
The basis for this bill being first passed in California recognizes that this is the state with the largest Hindu American population in the United States. Hindus are primarily an immigrant community and first started immigrating to California and the United States in the early 1900s, and came in increasing numbers after the lifting of the Asian Exclusion Act of 1924 in 1943 and the abolishment of quotas for immigrants based on national origin in 1965. Additionally, the first Hindu temple in the United States was built in San Francisco, California, and at the dedication of the temple on January 7, 1906, it was proclaimed to be the “First Hindu Temple in the Whole Western World.” There are now over 120 Hindu temples, religious centers, and cultural centers throughout California, and the greater bay area is home to over 40 of those temples and centers.
In 2021 October is being honored as Hindu Heritage Month, something which HAF wholeheartedly supports.
Please join us in bringing this national initiative to your local community by having them pass a resolution honoring our Hindu Heritage so that we can build awareness and appreciation about our community.