October 2022 Recognized As Hindu Heritage Month In South Brunswick | South Brunswick, NJ Patch
Through the resolution, the township aims to acknowledge the contributions made by Hindu residents and increase awareness of the community.
Sarah Salvadore, Patch Staff
Posted Thu, Oct 13, 2022 at 12:26 pm ET
SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ — During Monday’s council meeting, the Township passed a resolution declaring October as Hindu Heritage Month.
South Brunswick has a sizeable Hindu community that celebrates various festivals, like Navratri, Diwali and Karva Chauth, in October.
The nine days of Navratri (nine nights) honor the divine feminine. In the Eastern parts of India, this time is celebrated as Durga Puja, honoring the victory of Goddess Durga over evil.
Diwali or the “festival of lights” will be celebrated on Oct. 24 this year. It is one of India’s biggest festivals, celebrated by millions of Indian-origin people in several countries and is an important festival for Hindus, Jains and Sikhs.
Karva Chauth is celebrated by married women who fast from sunrise to moonrise, praying for the well-being of their husbands.Bottom of Form
Diwali is a celebration of the victory of good over evil, light over darkness, and hope over despair. While there are different stories and legends surrounding the festival, they all share the common theme of good triumphing over evil.
“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 our beloved State,” Councilwoman Archana “Ann” Grover read from the resolution.
Through the resolution, the township aims to acknowledge the contributions made by residents of Hindu heritage and increase awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the Hindu American community in South Brunswick.
Here’s the complete resolution:
Whereas, Hinduism is the third largest religion in the world, with millions of followers in the United States, including many in the township of South Brunswick, New Jersey; 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, Hinduism demonstrates through a living enlightened civilization that global peace is achievable and sustainable, and this begins with individual peace and spiritual awakening; and
Whereas, during the month of October 2022, the Hindu community in the Township of South Brunswick, New Jersey, and across our great nation, will collectively celebrate its heritage by focusing on its culture and the diverse spiritual traditions rooted in India; and
Whereas, 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 our beloved State;
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED on this 11th day of October, 2022, by the Mayor and Township Council of South Brunswick, County of Middlesex, State of New Jersey, that that the Mayor and Township Council recognize October 2022 as: Hindu Heritage Month