Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick


Whereas Hinduism is the third largest religion in the world with 900 million devotees worldwide and 2 million in the United States; and

Whereas The Hindu heritage, culture, traditions and values provide invaluable solutions to many of life's problems, 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 Our vibrant Hindu American community has contributed tremendously to the vitality of the Commonwealth by enriching the lives of its citizens; and

Whereas Today the Hindu community will gather and celebrate their heritage by focusing on their culture and the diverse spiritual traditions rooted in India, 

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim May 11, 2013, to be


And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this seventeenth day in April, in the year two thousand and thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-sixth.

By His Excellency

Deval L. Patrick
Governor of the Commonwealth

William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts