Sikhs mark ‘World Turban Day’

Indian Sikhs celebrated World Turban Day on Tuesday to demonstrate the importance of retaining the headgear rather than adopting Western-style haircuts.

The central event of the celebration was a contest in which hundreds of male Sikhs had to wrap a turban around their heads in Amritsar, the holiest city in Sikhdom, with the winner judged on neatness and speed, organisers said.

The Sikh religious headgear is a piece of cloth about eight metres (26.4 feet) long and is carefully pleated over untrimmed hair.

Gurbachan Singh, who heads the religion’s highest temporal seat — the Akal Takht — said the annual event was a reminder to Indian Sikhs living in the West of their religious obligations.

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