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
HINDU HERITAGE DAY
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