The pictures above show the 3 types of turbans worn by Sikhs of different ages.
The furthermost left picture shows a small child wearing a handkerchief. This is generally worn by a young child when his hair is long enough to tie into a jura.
Once the male reaches youthhood he will wear the turban shown in the furthermost right image.
Some facts about the turban:
- It is mandatory and not a social or cultural article.
- It covers long, uncut hair.
- It is approximately 5-6 metres of cloth wrapped neatly around the head.
- It symbolizes discipline, integrity, humility, and spirituality.
- Middle East head coverings are different because they are worn for reasons to do with culture or tradition and NOT RELIGION.
- 99% of people wearing turbans in UK are Sikhs, not Muslims or Hindus.
Importance Of Identity:
- Sikhs feel severely humiliated if asked to remove their turban in public, as this breaks a sacred covenant with god and exposes an intimate part of the body. It is very insulting and disrespectful to a Sikh to remove his or her turban in public
- Turbans are a mandatory part of Sikh faith.
- A turban is not a hat. It cannot be casually taken on and off. It must be carefully retied each time it is removed.
- It is very important to treat the turban with the utmost respect.