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there's a new book explaining all this:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Turbanology-Guide-Sikh-Identity-ebook/dp/B00AB23VLM/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1354106813&sr=8-2

Mistaken Identity And Human Rights Breeches At Centre Of New Book On Sikh Identity

Issues of mistaken identity that have led to race hate crimes, such as the innocent shootings of worshippers in Wisconsin last August, are at the centre of a new book being published by Dot Hyphen Publishers.

“Turbanology: Guide to Sikh Identity” unravels the meaning of identity for Sikhs and chronicles the significance of their symbols of faith at a time when they have become misunderstood.

The book aims to tackle such ignorance by providing – for the first time – a narrative history of the turban, which has been an integral element of Sikh identity since the founding of the faith by the first Guru Nanak Dev ji in 1469.

The issues affecting Sikhs worldwide today have been researched and written by journalist Jay Singh-Sohal who has spent the past three years working on raising awareness of Sikh identity through the “Turbanology” Arts Council project. He recently lent his expertise in the BBC1 documentary: The Story of the Turban.

“Over the past decade there’s been a decline in how much people understand about why Sikhs look different and it’s manifested itself in horrific ways. Sikhs have been verbally and physically abused, called names such a ‘terrorist’ and ‘bin Laden’ and suffered because of it. There’s been a rise in racially motivated hate crimes in Britain, Europe and the United States – most recently in the shocking killings in Wisconsin at a Sikh place of worship. Even in India, young people are turning away from the physical essence of their faith in order be less conspicuous.”

“Turbanology: Guide to Sikh Identity” raises awareness of Sikh identity for a non-Sikh audience as well as helps young Sikhs take pride in the ways they look different. Keeping hair is an important part of Sikh observance as it shows submission to the will of God.

The book also addresses increasing issues of human rights breeches when it comes to security at European airports. In 2010, EU regulations were introduced which enabled the manual searching of turbans resulting in Sikhs travelling through Europe being harassed and disrespected.

It includes eminent scientist Shaminder Singh Puri who is currently fighting a case against the Polish Border Guard Service for a breach of his human rights after he was made to remove his turban and place it on a security scanner. He will hear on 21st December 2012 whether he has won:

"This book is a much awaited resource of very useful information that needs to be made accessible to the general public, but more importantly to those in responsible positions who need to make decisions concerning the well-being of diverse communities."

Singh-Sohal says: “I wanted to tackle this issue head on by writing about why Sikh identity is so distinct and unique. The aim is that by compiling a guide in this way for the first time, we can raise more awareness about the importance of Sikh faith principles as well as how the community worldwide is being affected.”

The book will be released on Amazon Kindle and the Kindle app for mobile devices on 1st December 2012 – followed by the print edition a month later.

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Don't wear red or green.Thats all

That's the rehit given by most panj piareh. The Muslim flag green color (google it) and very vibrant or blood red colors ( I've been told by some burgundy is ok).

The reasoning for the red I can't remember as my punjabi wasn't top notch when I took amrit but I think it has something to with it attracting the eye, or being flashy?

If anyone with more knowledge please share :)

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Colour of the patka or dastar is of no relevence - its just superstition.

There was a rahit nama - fairly certain its Bhai Daya Singh's, that forbids wearing a suhi rang dastar. This is because red was the colour or jogis and qalandaris. However like most puratan rahits, I would not trust them as hukum, because people these days just quote the bits from them that fulfill their agenda - otherwise when you look closer they contain things that Sikhs these days do not agree with or follow.

Taksalis and Nihangs talk about Khlasa colours of black, blue, white and orange. Hence they wear these colours. I do not know why.

Dastar looks good matched to your tie or shirt. If wearing a pocket square, the minority colour in the square should match the dastar colour, otherwise it overdoes it. (Just my own fashion opinions btw).

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in sikhi...only following colors are accepted Blue,Kesri, and White.

Black is not allowed becuase Black is considered as a color of sorrow or evil nature. Muslims wore this color (in remembrance and sorrow)when Ali,Hasan and Husain(Lineage of Prophet Mohammed) were martyred in Battle of Karbala by Yazids. Black is also considered as ignorant and Guru Ke sikh donot wear Ignorant colors on their heads and mind

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