| Auckland, New Zealand | 20 May 2016 | Asia Samachar |
Keen to inform your non-Sikh friends about the turban and Sikhi? If you live in Auckland, New Zealand, then head for Aotea Square this Saturday (28 May 2016, 12-3pm).
A group of volunteers will tie turbans on anyone wanting to experience the dastar, or paag as some call it. The turban is easily the most visible insignia of the Sikhs.
The Auckland Turban Day, organised by the Sikh Youth New Zealand, is to create public awareness about Sikhism amongst the wider public. It is taking a leaf from similar projects in New York and others parts of the world.
Auckland Turban Day
28 May 2016 (Sat) 12-3 pm
Aotea Square, Auckland CBD
The event aims to educate the general public regarding people of different faiths and beliefs, especially because some, like Sikhs, have a distinct appearance. A large majority of Sikh males and females wear turbans on a daily basis.
“In an attempt to reduce the chances of discrimination and bullying due to ignorance about the turban, we have conceptualised an Auckland Turban Day event as a fun and colourful way to achieve our goal of creating awareness amongst the New Zealand public about our Sikh faith and distinct turbans,” according to a note form the organising team sent to Asia Samachar.
“At Auckland Turban Day event, members of the public can experience having a colourful turban tied by one of our volunteers, whilst learning about our Sikh faith and turbans. We will also be serving aromatic cups of steaming masala chai, and there will be a couple of bhangra performances.”
[One of the organising team member, Dr Harveen Kaur, was recently featured in Asia Samachar. See story here.]
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