Just when we thought, PM Justin Trudeau was earning all the brownie points for apologising to the Sikh community on behalf of Canada, there came along Norway! On April 16, Norway’s Sikh community celebrated the third annual Turban Day in various parts of the country. The day was celebrated with much fanfare in the Scandinavian country, with Airport Express offering free rides to those wearing a turban, reported The Indian Express.
In this video, members of the Sikh community can be seen putting on colourful turbans on willing passengers and feasting on Indian food. “The response is great and I am already looking forward to the next year,” said one of the volunteers.
According to Norway Today, over 10,000 people attended the Turban Day in Oslo. Those who attended were served Indian food and got the opportunity to wear a turban. The day was celebrated with a sikh train of nearly a thousand people who went from Østbanehallen to Spikersuppa, escorted by police horses. After the train reached its destination, people were given Indian snacks and had turbans twirled around their head by volunteers. The Turban Day coincides with the Sikh festival Baisakhi. “We want tell the world what Sikhism is like and that, although we have a beard and turban, we are not dangerous,” the main organizer of the turban day, Sumeet Singh Patpatia, told Norway Today.
Turban Day is celebrated among the Sikh community across the world. In Canada, the annual day parade is called Khalsa Day parade, which is celebrated around Baisakhi and has a huge turnout of Sikhs outside India. At the Times Square in New York City, USA, many people donned colorful turbans for the first time on April 16.