Turban Day at Times Square in New York


This year, Turban Day marked the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev and the festival of Baisakhi also.&nbsp | &nbspPhoto Credit:&nbspFacebook

New York: On Saturday, Times Square was filled with colourful turbans representing Sikh culture as members of the community tied turbans to thousands of New Yorkers and tourists to celebrate the ‘Turban Day’. An organisation named ‘Sikhs of New York’, in association with the Consulate General of India in New York, organised the annual Turban Day.

Turban Day, started in 2013 at Baruch College, is celebrated annually to spread awareness about the Sikh community and promote its culture and identity. This year, Turban Day marked the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev and the festival of Baisakhi also.

While speaking to PTI, Shatrughna Sinha, Deputy Consul General of India in New York, said, “There is no better way than this to raise awareness about Sikhism as well as propagating the message of universal brotherhood and humanity of Guru Nanak Dev ji.”

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Chanpreeet Singh, co-founder of Sikhs of New York, said that more than 38,000 turbans have been tied in the past seven years since the day started being organised in the city. He added that tying one turban educates about 200 people who follow the event on social media.

Singh further said that the number of volunteers signing up for the event has been increasing every year. People from California, Canada, Europe and some from India plan their trip to the US especially near Turban Day.

Last year, the organisation had created a world record for tying most turbans in 8 hours at Times Square in New York on April 7.

 



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