Difference in appearance, and visible traditional wear (and more importantly, a lack of awareness about them) have been a leading cause of racial incidents in schools. For example, Sikh boys who wear dastaar (turbans), Muslim girls who wear ‘hijabs’ (head scarves), and Jewish boys who wear yarmulkes report being targeted because of these visible symbols of their religions. According to research by an anti-bullying campaign they are most likely to have experienced racism by about the age of 13.
Our ‘Racial Equality’ series aims to create awareness about the traditions and practices in different cultures. Local presenters from the countries where a particular tradition originates or is practised explain the history and practise of a particular traditional wear.
In this session, students and teachers will learn about the tradition of wearing turbans amongst Sikh men. The Sikh turban, known as the ‘Dastar’ or a ‘Dumalla’, is used to show others that they represent the embodiment of Sikh teachings.
As part of the session, the presenter will demonstrate how the Dastar is tied, and what its significance is. This is a highly interactive session where students can ask the presenter queries about the subject.
Disclaimer: Please note that our sessions focus on customs & traditions and not religion. These sessions and are aimed at creating awareness and therefore respect for other cultures and do not promote religious beliefs.