Sikh volunteers tying turbans on the visitors at the ‘Turban Day’ event
S.Chanpreet Singh and S.Kanwaldeep Singh part of a non-profit group called ‘The Sikhs of New York’ along with many other noble volunteers organized a massive turban tying event held in the heart of Times Square in busiest area of New York City on Saturday, April 15, 2017. This was the 5th annual event that they did and it is growing in size every year.
The four-hour event, held as part of Vaisakhi celebrations, was aimed at spreading awareness among Americans and other people about the Sikh religion and its articles of faith, especially the turban.
They had made arrangements to tie 7,000 turbans, distribute thousands of brochures, a proper stage, while cordoning off an area specifically for visitors to sit and have their turbans tied.
A visiting family who had turbans tied
There were several hundred people streaming through the cordoned off area while hundreds more watched turbans being tied on the visitors. Kirtan by children and adults; music by well-known young Sikh artists, bhangra, poetry and many other fun activities were interspersed throughout the program.
The 150-200 Sikh volunteers who managed very well, since this was not an easy event to do logistically and congratulations to the organizers for pulling it off! All visitors were given brochures, booklets and flyers which explained the significance of the Sikh turban.
Congressman Gregory Meeks of the 5th Congressional District of New York declared April 15, 2017 as ‘Turban Day’, extoling ‘The Sikhs of New York’ for their commitment in educating other communities about the Sikh Faith.
On behalf of the American Sikh Council (ASC) S.Sherveer Singh, S.Sutinder Singh, S.Savraj Singh and S.Kavneet Singh spent the day volunteering at the event.
The program ran from 11 am – 4 pm. People had lined up by 10 am to get their turbans tied. By the afternoon, Times Square seemed to be a sea of colorful turbans as far as the eye could see!
S.Kavneet Singh tying a turban at the event