South Brunswick Town Council of New Jersey declares October 2023 as Hindu Heritage Month


The South Brunswick Township Council has declared October 2023 as the Hindu Heritage Month. The resolution for Hindu Heritage Month adopted by the council acknowledges the contributions made by people of Hindu heritage and seeks to increase understanding and appreciation of the Hindu-American community in South Brunswick.

“The Mayor and Township Council acknowledges the significant contributions made by residents of Hindu heritage to our town of South Brunswick, New Jersey, and by the adoption of this Resolution, seek to increase awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the Hindu American community and urge all the residents of South Brunswick, New Jersey to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance,” the resolution reads.

South Brunswick has a sizable Hindu community that celebrates festivals based on the lunar calendar – Navratri, Garbha, Karva Chauth, and Diwali during October and November.

Explaining the rationale behind the resolution, the council has stated that Sanātana Dharma, also known as Hindu Dharma is the third-largest religion practiced in the world, with more than one billion devotees worldwide and 4 million in the United States including many in the township of South Brunswick, New Jersey. Hindu Dharma has given birth to multiple other faith traditions with rich cultures and philosophies of their own, including Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism, collectively referred to as Dharmic faiths. Followers of Dharmic faiths collectively represent one of the world’s oldest civilizations as well as one of the newest and fastest-growing immigrant communities in the United States.”

“Hindu heritage has enriched our great State and City by providing invaluable solutions to many of life’s problems and often serves as a source of inspiration, reflection, and contemplation for the millions of individuals who look upon the teachings of Hinduism for guidance. Hindu heritage spreads the message of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam which means “The World is one family” thereby emphasizing the interconnectedness and unity of all people and nations, promoting a sense of global harmony, cooperation and shared responsibility for the well-being of the planet and its inhabitants. Hinduism demonstrates through a living enlightened civilization that global peace is achievable and sustainable, and this begins with individual peace and spiritual awakening,” it added.

“During the month of October, the Hindu community in the Township of South Brunswick, New Jersey, across our great nation and across the world, will collectively celebrate its heritage by focusing on its culture and the diverse spiritual traditions rooted in India. The Hindu community of the Township of South Brunswick comes together to honor their shared heritage and spiritual traditions, and we recognize the many contributions the community has made to New Jersey,” the council members have said in the resolution adopted on September 26, 2023.


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