On the occasion of Diwali, North Carolina Governor, Roy Cooper, proclaimed October as Hindu Heritage Month and October 24 as Diwali while taking part in the festivities at Hindu temples in Morrisville and Cary.
“I hope this Diwali is filled with peace, joy and prosperity for everyone, especially for our Hindu, Sikh, Jain and Buddhist communities across the state,” Cooper said. “Today is a celebration of knowledge prevailing over ignorance, good over evil and light over dark.”
At the Sri Venkateswara Temple in Cary, the governor inaugurated the 87 feet high gateway tower (RajaGopuram) the tallest of its kind in North America, along with Speaker of House Tim Moore, Secretary of State Elaine MMarshal, Senator Jay Chaudhuri and Mayor of Cary Harold Weinbrecht.
In Morrisville the Governor toured the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir and signed the proclamation in the presence of Mayor of Morrisville TJ Cawley and members of the Hindu community.
“In 2017, Governor Cooper issued the first proclamation in North Carolina history to recognize and celebrate Diwali. The Governor also held the first ever Diwali celebration at the Governor’s Mansion,” a news release from the Governor’s office mentioned.