International Turban Day is celebrated every year on April 13 since 2004 to bring awareness of the strict requirement on Sikhs to put the turban as a mandatory part of their religion. The 2022 Turban Day marks the 553rd birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev and the festival of Baisakhi. The turban, also known as “dastar” or “pagri” or “pag” refers to the garment worn by both men and some women to cover their heads.
History of the day:
Since 2004, on Turban Day, Sikhs worldwide organise various events to give information about the turban to the general community in their locality. Turbans of every hue are represented at these events and posters highlighting information about Sikhi are also displayed and handed out. Turban tying sessions are arranged so that youngsters and others get a chance to wear a turban for the first time and have their photos taken.
Many non-Sikhs take part in these events and sport the traditional headgear of the Sikhs to show solidarity with the community. Many famous personalities are also invited to these events to bring more media attention to the plight of the Sikhs since 9/11.