Times Square was lit in traditional colours of India and the whole world got a glimpse of how remarkable our Sikh culture is, when the ‘The Sikhs of New York’ – a non-profit organization – gathered to celebrate ‘Turban Day’. This event was aimed at spreading awareness about the Sikh community, in the wake of the growing crimes against them in the country.
It was an extraordinary sight where as many as 8000 Americans and tourist from different countries and ethnicities were seen flaunting colourful turbans. This event was celebrated to mark Vaisakhi. During this event, a proclamation by Congressman Gregory Meeks of the 5th Congressional District of New York declared April 15th as ‘Turban Day’ and commended the efforts of ‘The Sikhs of New York’, for educating other communities about the Sikh culture. Reportedly, the organisation’s founder Chanpreet Singh said that Turban Day was introduced in the year 2013 at Baruch College. He further added, “We are spreading awareness about the Sikh turban and culture. The turban is the crown of each Sikh and represents pride and valor. Turban Day provides an opportunity for those that do not wear a turban to experience a turban and learn about its significance first hand.”