On the 8 annual turban day held at Times Square in New York City, 3,010 people consisting of Sikhs and tourists tied a kaleidoscope of colorful turbans and even set a Guinness world record in the process. The event was meant to demystify Sikh culture as well as to raise awareness for tolerance of Sikhs within the greater New York community.
In the past, Sikh people have often been mischaracterized as terrorists by many Americans due to their turbans. Chanpreet Singh who is a prominent figure in the New York Sikh community as well as the founder of the annual turban day event spoke about his experience when he was in middle school and high school. He was told numerous times to go back to his country, with some even calling him Osama bin Laden all because of his turban. Kawaldeep Singh, an event volunteer, also mentioned how his kids constantly deal with hate crime because of their turban headwear.
About 35,000-40,000 people attended the gathering between 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and it was recorded that 3,010 people tied turbans, setting a new Guinness world record for most turbans tied in eight hours.