Islamophobia in America is particularly infuriatingly in the way it so often manifests itself as blanket hatred against anyone who
appears to be of Middle Eastern descent. As a result, this religious
intolerance is also a form of racism. For Americans fearful of
difference, it doesn’t matter if the people they target are Muslim or
not — they target anyone with a turban.
A south Edmonton gurdwara — or Sikh place of worship — was vandalized with phrases like ‘Leave Canada’ and a profane, racist comment.
“Today we discovered something very deeply saddening to us,” says Harman Singh Kandola, chairman of the gurdwara’s advisory committee. “Some graffiti that was put on the wall of the exterior of our facility.”
Two phrases — “Leave Canada” and “F**k Indians” — were spray-painted on the outside of the temple. Members have already started painting over the words.
Sikh weddings, also referred as “Anand Karaj" or "Blissful Union", last a couple of days. Both the bride and groom have haldi ceremonies, where a turmeric paste is applied to them to make their skin beautiful for their big day. At the bride’s home she and her female friends and family apply mehndi (henna). She wears a chooda in both hands (put on by her maternal uncle), and kalira are tied to her chooda by her family members.The kalira symbolizes warm wishes and blessings, and the bride wears them until the wedding ceremony is concluded. Once the kalrias are tied, the bride shakes them on the heads of unmarried friends and girls of the family. According to an old adage, if part of a kalira falls on one of the girl’s, she is next in line to be married. At the groom’s home, the groom’s sister-in-law and female relatives, go to a nearby well or Gurdwara to fill an earthen pitcher with water, which is later used to bathe the groom. This ceremony is named after the earthen pitcher, known as gharoli. Both families host a celebratory party for their family and friends the night before the main ceremony. In the main ceremony, the groom wears a sash over his shoulder, where the end of the sash is placed by the bride’s father in the hands of the bride. The ceremony is brought to an end by the vidaii or doli. In this ceremony, the bride bids farewell to her family members. As the bride departs, she throws back handful of rice over her shoulder. The wedding is brought to an end by a reception held by the groom’s family that follows the main ceremony.
“Not all superheroes are fictional. For example: Vishavjit Singh, the first Sikh Captain America. An editorial cartoonist by trade, a few months ago he suited up as a real-life turbaned and bearded version of Jack Kirby’s strongman and strode through New York City, to promote his Sikh Comics while fighting religious and ethnic stereotypes.”