Punjab, India: Every year, a remarkable occasion that unites individuals from many backgrounds to celebrate and gain knowledge about the Sikh Turban (dastar) takes place in the centre of Times Square in New York City.
Turban Day, organised by Turban Day Inc., is a potent project intended to eradicate ignorance and develop an understanding of Sikhism and its fundamental principles, as well as a vibrant cultural celebration.
Turban Day Inc.’s goal is to dispel prejudice and promote an inclusive society by educating people both locally and globally.
This interactive instructional session provides visitors with knowledge about the Turban and its complex tying method. Skilled volunteers lead visitors through the process while giving them the opportunity to put on a Turban.
Through this interactive event, known as Turban Day, people gain a deeper awareness of the cultural and religious significance of the Turban, enabling them to spot Sikhs and provide support and assistance when necessary, according to Khalsa Vox.
Notably, since 2004 April 13 has been designated as International Turban Day. It was announced in order to educate Sikhs on the value of a Turban, which is a crucial component of their faith.
The Turban is more than just a simple piece of clothing to Sikhs; it is a symbol of their strongly held religious beliefs. It stands for piety, mental chastity, and important virtues like fairness, honour, respect for others, bravery, and spirituality.
Khalsa Vox claims that because of their distinctive religious symbols, including the Turban, Sikhs have experienced acts of violence, hostility, and prejudice in America and other parts of the world.
Turban Day Inc. aims to confront these problems head-on by promoting empathy and awareness. There has been a lot of media coverage of Turban Day, both domestically and abroad.
The festival is attended by thousands of people each year, including visitors, residents, and people from all different cultural backgrounds. Thanks to media attention and social media initiatives, Turban Day’s message reaches many people who might have previously held misconceptions or prejudices far outside of Times Square.