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Sikh Dastar Diwas: Know history and significance of Turban Day

Sikhism's founder, Guru Nanak Dev, and the subsequent Sikh Gurus emphasised the turban as a symbol of dignity, honour, and equality

Written by  Jasleen Kaur -- April 13th 2024 12:20 PM
Sikh Dastar Diwas: Know history and significance of Turban Day

Sikh Dastar Diwas: Know history and significance of Turban Day

PTC Web Desk: Sikh Dastar Diwas, also known as Turban Day, is an annual event that honours the significance of the dastar, or turban, in Sikh culture and identity. The turban is a sacred article of faith for Sikhs and carries deep spiritual, cultural, and social meanings. The occasion offers a chance to educate others about the turban's importance and its role in defining the Sikh identity while promoting a greater understanding of Sikh principles.

History of Sikh Dastar Diwas


The turban has been an essential part of the Sikh identity since the faith's inception in the 15th century. Sikhism's founder, Guru Nanak Dev, and the subsequent Sikh Gurus emphasised the turban as a symbol of dignity, honour, and equality. The dastar symbolises the spiritual connection between the individual and the divine and serves as a visible reminder of the wearer's commitment to Sikh values.

The formalisation of the Sikh turban as a core article of faith occurred with the establishment of the Khalsa by Guru Gobind Singh in 1699. As one of the five Ks (Kesh, Kara, Kanga, Kachera, and Kirpan), the dastar became an important part of Sikh identity.

Significance of Turban Day

The turban holds great significance for Sikhs for several reasons:

Spiritual Symbolism: The dastar represents the wearer's faith and commitment to Sikh values.

Equality and Dignity: The turban is a symbol of respect and honor and is worn by both Sikh men and women, reflecting the community's principles of equality.

Identity and Unity: The dastar helps unite the Sikh community and distinguishes Sikhs and their beliefs.

Protection and Preservation: The turban provides physical protection and helps maintain the sanctity of uncut hair.

Resilience and Resistance: The turban also symbolises resilience and resistance to oppression. Sikhs have faced discrimination due to their visible identity, and the dastar serves as a reminder of their enduring spirit.

Celebration of Sikh Dastar Diwas

Sikh Dastar Diwas is typically celebrated in April, coinciding with Baisakhi, the spring harvest festival that marks the Sikh New Year and the establishment of the Khalsa. On this day, Sikhs worldwide organize events to promote awareness of the turban's significance. Activities include:

Turban-tying demonstrations: These showcase different styles of tying the dastar and educate attendees about its cultural importance.

Cultural performances: Performances celebrate Sikh history and culture, raising awareness about the significance of the turban.

Discussions and seminars: These focus on the history and importance of the dastar, encouraging understanding and respect for Sikh traditions.

- PTC NEWS

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