SAN FRANCISCO, California, USA—Sikhs from the Sikh Gurdwara Sahib San Francisco organized Turban Day at San Mateo community college to raise awareness of Sikh identity. The event was held on May 8,2014 with the idea of educating Americans about Sikhs and their unique identity.
During the event, a turban tying workshop took place, and several students of American descent took part in getting turbans tied on their heads. The event also featured free food for college students, teachers and others.
A number of Sikh community leaders also took part in the event. Bhai Sukhdev Singh Baniwal from San Jose Gurdwara Sahib was present at the event. His son, Himmat Singh also made a presentation on the Sikh identity. While raising awareness of Sikh identity, Himmat Singh also shared core beliefs of the Sikh religion with others.
After 9/11 attack on the World Trade Centers, Sikhs in America have been targeted for their unique identity. This is despite the fact that Sikh religion is different from others, and it’s followers had no connection with the terrorist organizations behind the attack.