Abbey Gates
Primary School

Sikhism Experience

Class 2010-2016, Class 2009-2015, Class 2008-2014 on February 10th 2014

Years 4, 5 and 6 really enjoyed learning about Sikhism today. They learned all about the faith including information about their holy book, rituals and beliefs.

Sikhs display their commitment to their beliefs by wearing the Sikh articles of faith. The five articles of faith start with the "k" alphabet in Punjabi, and are thereby referred to as the 5 K's.

They are:

1. Kesh (uncut hair)
2. Kangha (comb)
3. Kara (steel bracelet)
4. Kirpan (sword)
5. Kaccha - Kachhera (soldier’s shorts)

Uncut Hair (Kesh) - SPIRITUALITY

Sikhs do not cut their hair (kesh) but let it grow as a symbol of their faith. Because during their lifetimes it will get very long Sikh men wear turbans to keep it tidy. Sikh women may either wear a turban or a scarf.

Comb (Kanga) - CLEANLINESS
The kanga is similar to a small comb and affirms its bearer’s commitment to society. It is tucked neatly in a Sikh's uncut hair. Just as a comb helps to remove the tangles and cleans the hair, the Kanga is a spiritual reminder to shed impurities of thought.

Steel Bracelet (Kara) - GOOD DEEDS
The kara is worn around one’s wrist like a bracelet and its circular shape reminds a Sikh that the Creator (God) is infinite—without a beginning and without an end

The Last two are a reminder that Sikhs are warriors and always fight for righteousness.

Scimitar (Kirpan) - PROTECTION

The kirpan resembles a sword and symbolises the protection of the weak by Sikhs. It is hung near a Sikh's waist with a shoulder strap.

Soldiers long Undershorts (Kaccha) - SELF DISCIPLINE

The kaccha (also spelt Kachhera) is similar to a soldier's undershorts, a loose, white, cotton undergarment. It reminds the Sikh of the need for self-restrain over passions and desires.

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