Published on November 15th, 2013
Some adults in India are upset because too many boys are getting haircuts! Sikhs follow the religion of Sikhism. Many Sikhs live in Punjab, a state in India.
Traditionally, Sikh men and boys wear turbans and do not get their haircut. But some youth are rebelling against these traditions.
Another Sikh Tradition
Sikhs celebrate special occasions by reading their holy book, called “Guru Granth.” Each member of a reading team takes a turn reading for one to four hours until the book is finished. A complete reading takes about 48 hours. Try reading a book or books from the New Testament for 15 minutes, taking turns with several other people.
A Sikh Celebration
Sikhs celebrate the birthday of Guru Nanak, the man who started Sikhism around the time Columbus traveled to America. In 2013, the celebration will occur on November 17.
Pray that Sikhs will learn about God’s love for them.
Comparing Sikh and Christian Beliefs
||Guru Nanak, a man born in the 15th century||Jesus Christ|
|House of Worship
||Guru Granth||The Holy Bible|
||A Sikh man wears five symbols of his faith: long hair, short pants worn under other clothing, a steel bracelet, a small sword, and a comb.||The cross is a Christian symbol. It symbolizes Christ’s death on the cross, a sacrifice for the sins of mankind.|
|Beliefs about God
||Sikhs believe in one god that is seen as more of a “force” than a person. They believe their god is not personal and does not love them. Sikhs believe that all religions really teach the same thing and that there are many ways of reaching their god.||Christians believe in the God of the Bible. God is a loving heavenly Father, and humans can have a relationship with Him. Christians do not believe that all religions are means to reaching God (John 14:6). Christians believe that it is only through Jesus Christ that we can know God.|