The Turban Fest in Oslo, Norway attracted over 10,000 people in what is being said as “One of the Biggest Sikh awareness events in Norway.”
Hundreds of people waited for hours to have turbans tied on their heads.
“We had to queue for nearly an hour and half before it was our turn to get turban”, says turban fine Astri Åmellem Broto whose daughter Benedicte Broto Lions and her friend Agnes waited to have a turban tied on them.
“It is quite comfortable to wear turbans. It’s really fun to be here”, says the two before continuing to food stalls in Spikersuppa.
Punjabi foods including a variety of snacks and sweets were prepared and distributed free to the public.
“We have made even the temple at Alnabru. We have been active there for several years. This year we are also active here. We think it’s nice to show off our culture”, says Sharanjit Kaur Lally.
Started in a Train:
Turban day started with a Sikh train from Østbanehallen to Spikersuppa. Thousands of Sikhs attended the parade, which was escorted by police horses. In addition to the turban day also celebrated the Sikhs their religious observances Vaisakhi.
“I tie a turbandaily and has been in this train been years. I work as a taxi driver and have never experienced any negative about the turban”, says Talvinder Singh Sandu whose son Lovjot (6).
2000 turbans were expected to be tied in Oslo on Saturday but due to high demand ended up tying 2500 turbans. Turbans were spun by volunteers Sikhs with years of experience.
“I am here as a volunteer every year. This year I expect to spin 100-150 turbans. Are you experienced it takes only three to four minutes”, said Lakhwinder Veer Singh.
His turban colleague Harpreet Singh is keen to tell the outside world to get the right information about the Sikhs.
“I am here to tell people about our religion and culture. Some believe that we are Muslims. Therefore, it is important to emphasize what Sikhism stands”, says Singh.
The main organizer of turban day, Sumeet Singh Patpatia, is enthralled with attendance and involvement
We will tell the world what Sikhism consist of and that although we have a beard and turban so we are not dangerous, says Patpatia.
He estimates that 10-15-000 people visited Spikersuppa.
Some have stood in line for three or four hours for a turban. I do not know anywhere else where people bother it. This proves that Norway loves otherness, says Patpatia.