The Sikh Gurdwara of North Carolina and Carolina Khalsa are hosting UNC-Chapel Hill Tie a Turban Day on Friday in The Pit from 10:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Tie a Turban day is an annual event hosted by Carolina Khalsa, a student Sikh group, to teach students and faculty about Sikh culture.
“Tie a Turban Day is an event to educate the public about the identity of a practitioner of the Sikh faith,” Carolina Khalsa senior Preeya Deol said in a message to The Daily Tar Heel. “Many have misconceptions about who Sikhs are and what we stand for. Our purpose is to educate. We desire to be recognized and treat others with the respect as all human beings should be.”
Adult members of the Sikh Gurdwara of North Carolina in Durham also help Carolina Khalsa run the event. Kulpreet Singh, the PR chairperson of the organization, said a gurdwara is comparable to a church.
“These kids came up with this idea on their own, and they’ve been doing it for the last several years,” Singh said. “It’s a great activity. I’m pretty humbled and proud.”