Turbans in Times Square

Volunteers stretch colorful meters of cloth to help tie turbans at Times Square April 15, for Turban Day, organized by Sikhs of New York (Photo by H.P. Singh via Desi Talk)

Thousands turned out April 15 for the second annual Turban Day in Times Square, an event hosted by Sikhs of New York to not just celebrate Vaisakhi – the Sikh New Year holiday which fell on April 14 this year – but also to raise awareness of the religion.

Ela Dutt reports for Desi Talk:

Close to 500 volunteers helped wrap turbans on those wanting them. Though the event was to start at 12 noon,  people of various ethnicities and cultures lined up from 9:30 am to wear their turban, Chanpreet Singh, 24, founder of Sikhs of New York, told Desi Talk. Turban Day was an opportunity for those that do not wear a turban to experience it and learn about its significance first hand, organizers said.

Singh called Turban Day “a youth initiative of a post-9/11 generation.” He said he started the event “mainly because of discrimination” he faced in high school.

Go to Desi Talk to see how organizers promoted the campaign through social media and what they have in store for next year.

Turban Day came one week ahead of the annual Sikh Day Parade, which will go down Madison Avenue in Manhattan on April 22.

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