Rolls of material in an explosion of colours are stacked on tables where people make their choice. A variety of styles are tied. For the traditional wider one worn by most Punjabi men, volunteers cut sections about five metres long and three metres wide. Two more volunteers then pull the material taut from diagonal corners, making a huge rectangle, as they carefully fold the two loose sides from opposite corners into the middle. A long, folded, straight length of material is now ready to be carefully tied around a person’s head.
Sikh Awareness Day brings the community’s history, art, and values to the core of Downtown Toronto. Hosted in Canada’s busiest city square, Turban Up engages Canadians from all walks of life and shares an experience that communicates what it means to be a Sikh.
The Chote Sahibzade spent the chilly days of December in the Thanda Burj with our grandmother— Mata Gujri Ji. In response, hundreds of high school students hit the streets every December to provide warmth to the less fortunate.
The centre of downtown Toronto was awash in colour today despite the rain and unseasonably cold temperatures.
People of all ages, races and religions walked around Yonge-Dundas Square Sunday sporting a rainbow of brightly coloured turbans — bright pinks, royal purple and blue, citron yellow and mandarin orange.
For Ryerson’s Sikh Students’ Association (SSA), the first week of November reminds them of the year 1984. That was when a massacre of the Sikh population took place in India. Last week, the RSSA held events to honour victims and survivors of the period and to recognize it as a genocide rather than the Indian government’s description of it as a “riot.”
To share and promote the values of Sikhi on campus, the Sikh Students Association organized Sikh Awareness Week, which took place from March 14 to 17. Students and professors from different ethnicities and religious backgrounds participated in the events throughout the week.
The week began with Bedtime Sakhis hosted by Tejnoor Kaur. The magical evening consisted of Kaur taking the students back to 1469 by recounting the sakhi (story) of the first guru of the sikhs, Guru Nanak Dev ji, while cookies and hot chocolate kept participants warm.
Next was the prayer night. Approximately 20 students gathered in the Student Centre to collectively recite Sri Rehraas Sahib, the evening Sikh prayer, followed by kirtan where everyone sang hymns accompanied by a harmonium and tabla.
Turban Up!, hosted by the Sikh Youth Federation, aims to promote knowledge of the Sikh community, culture and traditions. Here are five things to see, taste and enjoy at the event, which takes place at Yonge-Dundas Square from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 3.