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A: Sikhs believe that people are created with long hair for a reason and they accept hair as a beautiful part of their bodies. However, Sikhs do not mind if others cut their hair.
A: Most Sikhs do not have hair down to their ankles because older hair falls out and hair eventually stops growing.
A: It depends on how often it needs to be washed to maintain cleanliness. Girls who have their hair open may wash it daily; boys who have it tied in a turban may wash it once or twice a week or more.
A: When the religion was founded over 500 years ago, only wealthy men wore turbans as a sign of status and many kings wore turbans. Since Sikhs have believed in the equality of all people since the creation of their religion, all Sikhs wear the turban as a sign of equality.
A: Sikhs usually start tying the under-turban, called a patka, when they begin pre-school. They can choose to tie the larger turban, called a pagri, at any age; some start in high school and others when they go to college.
A: No. The color of the turban is based on personal preference. There are hundreds of different colors even tie-died colors and unique prints.
A: Yes. Girls and women have the choice of wearing of a turban.
A: A patka can usually be tied in three to five minutes. The pagri takes 10-15 minutes to tie, although some Sikhs require more time.
A: A pagri is usually between 10-15 feet long. It does not seem as long when it is properly tied because it is folded.
A: Women wear a salwar kameez which is a loose tunic top and baggy pants with a draw-string. In the gurdwara, women who are not wearing turbans cover their head with a chunni, a small scarf covering their head but not their face.
A: These can usually be bought in fabric stores in the U.S. Some Sikh Americans also get them if they visit India or have them mailed from their relatives there.
A: "Sikh" means student, someone who is supposed to keep learning throughout their lives.
A: Sikhism was founded in the fifteenth century in the Punjab region of South Asia (present-day northwest India and Pakistan).
A: No. Sikhism is a unique religion with its own beliefs and holy book.
A: The current Prime Minister of India is a Sikh named Manmohan Singh. The first Asian American elected to the U.S. Congress was a Sikh named Dalip Singh Saund in 1956, who served three terms from California and wrote the book Congressman from India.
A: Yes. There is no restriction on Sikhs having household pets like cats or dogs.
A: Yes. Anyone who wants to can become a Sikh, but no one is forced to become a Sikh.
A: Yes and no. Sikhs worship together in a gurdwara, which is like a church for Christians. Services can be held any day of the week, and since many of their neighbors in the U.S. attend services on Sundays, gurdwaras usually have larger attendance on that day of the week.
A: Sikhs can get married anywhere as long as the Sikh holy scripture is a part of the ceremony. Many Sikhs choose to get married in a gurdwara.
A: There is no restriction on Sikhs visiting other places of worship like churches, synagogues or mosques.
A: Yes. Sikhs celebrate many of their own religious holidays and many cultural holidays from Punjab. Many Sikh Americans also celebrate holidays such as the Fourth of July and Halloween.
A: There are no restrictions against eating meat in Sikhism. One small exception is that Sikhs are not supposed to eat food offered to God. As in any other religion, there are Sikhs who choose to be vegetarian.
A: Just like everyone else, Sikh kids take showers and use soap and deodorant. Cleanliness is very important to Sikhs.
A: There is no religious significance to incense.
A: Sikhs speak the language of the country where they live, such as English in the United States. The traditional spoken language from Punjab is called Punjabi.
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