South Asian Heritage Month, celebrated from July 18th to August 17th each year, is a celebration of the rich history and culture of South Asia. It marks milestones like the enactment of the Indian Independence Act on July 18, 1947, and the establishment of the Radcliffe Line on August 17. Initiated by the UK’s South Asian community in 2019, the month is supported by organisations like The Grand Trunk Project and City Sikhs.
In 2024, the theme of South Asian Heritage Month is ‘Journeys of Empire’, focusing on the impact of various empires, including the British Empire, on the communities of South Asia. This theme explores the complex historical influences and contributions that have shaped the region. Not only does it offer educational insights but it’s also a stage for people of South Asian heritage to reclaim their identities – sharing personal stories and experiences.