During Spring Break we took a weekend trip to New York. You know that is one of my favorite cities, so it was fun to take the kids back again. In true New York fashion, you never know what you are going to get. We arrived on April 15th, Turban Day.
There about 25 million people in the world that practice Sikhism. Unfortunately, a lot of them have been bullied post 9/11. As it turns out Sikhs are frequently confused with Muslims. The Sikhs faith dates to the 15th-century, it is a religion that is based in Hinduism and born in India. Back in the day turbans were only worn by the rich/upper class but that created segregation and elitism. That mentality was done away with and all Sikhs could wear turbans.
LittleCuteLips got a turban but didn’t want them to tie it on her.
After they tied our turbans for us they gave us a little book of information. They weren’t trying to convert anyway but they wanted to educate us. Turbans are a crown and are to be treated with respect. They should not touch the floor. One should also refrain from smoking and alcohol while wearing the turban. Fun Fact: They keep a small wooden comb tied into their turban.
They had it a fun experience, they had cute signs for us to snap pictures with. Social media or it didn’t happen. Peep the hashtags.
We had the kids so not only did we have fun and learn a lot. We explained those lessons to our kids, the worse kind of person is one who stops learning. Be open to those around us. Yes, we have differences but we have a lot more things that bind us. If nothing else we all bleed the same color.