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Sunday is “Turban Day” for Europe’s Sikhs

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Sikhs in traditional turbans

Thousands of Sikhs will gather across Europe Sunday to proclaim their right to wear their faith’s required turbans — and to voice concerns with legal challenges to such headgear in some parts of Europe.

The turban or dastaar is mandatory for devout Sikh men. They are not allowed to remove it even to wear safety headgear such as motorcycle helmets.

Thousands of turban-wearing Sikhs are expected to gather in European capitals in a simultaneous gathering organized by the Sikh Channel, a Europe-wide TV Station on the SKY platform.

Live broadcast on the Sikh Channel the Turban Awareness Gatherings will take place from Madrid, London, Rome and Brussels.

Sikhs in Italy have complained of difficulties at some Italian airports of being asked to remove their turbans, with many Sikhs refusing to do so and, as a result, missing their flights. Some Italian provinces require Sikhs to remove Turbans for driving licence photographs. Thus, a number of Sikhs have not applied for driving licenses to avoid what they consider the humiliation of being photographed without their turbans.

The British gathering is expected to occur at noon outside of the Houses of Parliament. In Rome, Sikhs will gather at the Piazza Montecitorion.



  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment mk dubey

    disallowing turbans at work is illogical and illegal. but need to take it off at airports for security checks (in a private room) is not. also it can not be anybody’s claim that the turban is an effective substitute for a safety helmet. even in India, Sikh cricketers wear helmets on the field.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Veer

    Mate removing a turban is like let going of all the values you hold dear it’s worse than being killed. there is not always need to remove it as airport officers are issued with detectors. As well people really need to be more educated about Sikhs seriously that’s how presumptions and stereotype barriers can be eliminated. Yes its true Sikh crickers wear helmets because that’s a different form “patka” usually for young people not a “dastaar” for usual Sikhs. Therefore religious freedom should be advocated in the sense of education.

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