"August is a significant month for Hindu communities as it coincides with Raksha Bandhan, a festival celebrating wisdom and strength, and Krishna Janmashtami, the commemoration of Lord Krishna’s birthdate. On Aug. 15, Indians celebrate Independence Day in commemoration of the day their country became a sovereign nation and the largest democracy in the world.  

“I am proud to declare August 2020 as Hindu Heritage Month in Alberta to recognize this diverse community and its contributions to our province. Hinduism is a beautiful faith that reveres all living creatures and teaches respect for different beliefs. When we share our traditions and heritage by celebrating these important events, we help build a stronger, better connected province.”

Leela Sharon Aheer, Minister of Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women

"We are working towards promoting and fostering Santan heritage, the ancient culture of Hinduism, amongst Albertans who have direct or indirect roots in India. Our vibrant community of more than 200,000 Albertans, mainly from India, Nepal, Fiji, Kenya, South Africa, Pakistan, Trinidad and Tobago and other parts of the world, thanks Minister Aheer for her help and support in making Hindu Heritage Month happen. Vasudhaiv Kutumbkam (Whole world is one family)!"

Rasesh Bhagat and volunteers, Bhartiya Multicultural Heritage Society

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