FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The Indiana Sikh Outreach Mission hosted its first Sikh Turban Fest on Sunday.
“It feels great to have everyone come together in a celebration,” said Megan Butler, the program and events manager for Riverfront Fort Wayne. “It’s so important, so symbolic especially on Memorial Day weekend as our event organizers were saying this is what American values are all about freedom of speech, freedom of religion and we’re showing that here today.”
The event’s focus was educating the Fort Wayne community about the Sikh identity and philosophy through food, art and conversation. Guests were also taught how to tie a Turban.
The Sikh Turban Fest included authentic Indian snacks such as langar tea and pakoras and a demonstration of Gatka, which is Sikh Martial Arts.
“We love seeing everyone get out of their comfort zone a little bit, try some new food try some new drinks, listen to some different music, watch some different cultural presentations, and most excitingly, try on turbans,” said Butler.
Mayor Tom Henry also attended the event.
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