Vaisakhi: Turbans, Beards and the Sikhs
“The turban is our Guru’s gift to us. It is how we crown ourselves as the Singhs and Kaurs who sit on the throne of commitment to our own higher consciousness. For men and women alike, this projective identity conveys royalty, grace, and uniqueness. It is a signal to others that we live in the image of Infinity and are dedicated to serving all. The turban doesn’t represent anything except complete commitment. When you choose to stand out by tying your turban, you stand fearlessly as one single person standing out from six billion people. It is a most outstanding act.” (a quote from Sikhnet)
To me, as a total outsider, the image of the Sikh men is always associated with turbans and long beards (but I could hardly tell the Sikh women from the women of other Indian ethnic groups). This is so ever since I saw a real Sikh in Hong Kong many years ago. And a turban and long beard really add to the dignified look of a serious Sikh man. So when I was in the Vaisakhi crowd Saturday, I couldn’t resist taking many pictures of those who wore bright turbans and/or long beards.