US Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney has commended the celebration of the Sikh culture through the annual Turban Day event at the iconic Times Square in New York, saying such events give the Sikh faith and tradition the respect it "deserves".
Maloney had joined Sikhs of New York for Turban Day on April 7.
The gathering celebrated South Asian Culture and the art of turban tying.
Earlier, Sikhs were not allowed to wear turbans in Army
Maloney said the day holds a "special meaning" for her because some time ago Sikhs were not permitted to wear turbans while on duty in the Army.
She added that in 2010, she had interceded on behalf of Simran Preet Singh Lamba, who requested the permission to keep the articles of his Sikh faith while serving in the Army.
Guinness World Record
Sikhs achieved world-record of most turbans tied in 8 hours
The Sikhs of New York have organized Turban Day in the city since 2013 with the aim of educating people about the Sikh faith and identity and to promote equality.
This year organization created a world-record for most turbans tied in 8 hours.
Representatives from Guinness World Records judged the event and presented the organization with an official certificate upon successfully achieving the record.
How do Sikhs celebrate Turban Day?
Turban Day brings together hundreds of volunteers from the Sikh community who tie colorful turbans on New Yorkers, tourists, and Americans from across the country visiting Times Square. While tying the turbans, they also talk about the Sikh identity, making people aware of the culture.