Sikhs Celebrate Youths with Turban Day

April 15, 2007

Author: Jeremy Herb

Source: Inside Bay Area

FREMONT — Dozens of young Sikhs, ranging from 5 to 16 years old, got the chance to wear a turban for the first time Saturday at Fremont Gurdwara Sahib's Baisakhi celebration.

The kids were taught how to put on a turban correctly before they were welcomed into the temple for Dastar Bandhi, a turban-tying ceremony.

Following the ceremony, 9-year-old Sherry Bring smiled as he declared he was proud to be wearing the orange turban.

Fremont Gurdwara Sahib's Turban Day was part of the weekend-long Baisakhi celebration for 24 million Sikhs worldwide. But the local temple has incorporated kids of all ages to take part in its Dastar Bandhi ceremony, something traditionally done for teenagers.

"The turban is part of our identity," Ram Singh, director, said. "There's a lot of peer pressure for kids, and they don't want to wear them. This tells them to be proud of who they are, their religion and their history."