American Turban

Sikh Foundation of Virginia holds “Turban Showdown”

A boy in a turban during the Sikh Turban Showdown at the Sikh Foundation of Virginia in January. (source: PBS)

A boy in a turban during the Sikh Turban Showdown at the Sikh Foundation of Virginia in January. (source: PBS)

A recent piece by PBS’ Religion and Ethics NewsWeekly featured an event at a Gurdwara in northern Virginia in January called the “turban showdown”:

In January, the Sikh Foundation of Virginia held a “Turban Showdown” for the pre-school children and older youth of its gurdwara in Northern Virginia. Parents helped the children wrap their turban or keski and then watched them walk down a runway. Youth and education coordinator Surinder Singh explained the meaning of the turban and why it is, for Sikhs, a mark of pride, respect, and responsibility.

This is a novel event to educate Sikh children — and others — about the turban. Watch the PBS report here, and additional photos of the event are available on the Religion and Ethics  NewsWeekly Facebook page. A longer length video about January’s Turban Showdown event is also on YouTube:

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