For Young Sikhs, Turban-Tying Ceremony Binds Them to Their Faith

June 20, 2010

Author: Rick Rojas

Source: The Washington Post

Guransh Singh knelt at the altar as his priest and uncles unfurled yards of a salmon-colored fabric. His family and friends, beaming with pride, chanted in the temple as the men crowded around the 14-year-old, tucking and tying, until they had wrapped his head with a turban for the first time.

With that, Guransh became a man.

Like a bar mitzvah or confirmation, he went through a rite of passage in the Sikh faith Saturday, marking the time when he was firm enough in his beliefs to make a lifetime commitment.