By: Sara Cardine
Pradise Canyon Elementary students in Mickey Block’s third-grade class expanded their horizons Wednesday, when family members of classmate Gurdaas Singh paid a visit and led a turban-tying demonstration.
Mom Bhupinder Kaur acquainted kids with the family’s Sikhism, a religion based on equality, honesty and sharing. The culture involves the carrying of symbolic objects, meditation and daily readings of scriptures.
One of the most easily recognizable traditions, she said, is the wearing of turbans or head scarves. Sikhs never cut their hair or beards, so turbans help keep long hair clean and neat.
“To us, it’s just a part of our everyday clothing,” Dad Amarpreet Singh explained. “Just like you put on a shirt or pants, we put a turban on.”