Information for Employers

Sikhs are required to make a strong commitment to society and remain involved in world affairs. As a result, the Sikh religion does not put many restrictions on its followers like other religions, as demonstrated by the short nature of this guide.

The information contained in this guide is designed to assist employers in formulating and implementing policies that will help create a culturally sensitive workplace environment. It will also serve as a guide to religiously mandated practices of Sikh employees.

Sikh Holidays

There are several days on the Sikh calendar, which is known as the Nanakshahi Calendar, with special religious significance. Sikh Festivals

Dietary Requirements

The Sikh Rehat Maryada, the Sikh Code of Conduct, prohibits consumption of alcohol, tobacco and other intoxicants that are known to pollute the body. It also prohibits use of all sacrificial meat, often labeled as halal and kosher because Sikhs believe that one can't please God through rituals or sacrifices.

Head Covering

Sikh men and women are enjoined to cover their heads at all times by the Sikh Rehat Maryada, the Sikh Code of Conduct. All Sikh men wear a turban; Sikh women sometimes wear a turban and often cover their head with a scarf.

Religious Sword

All Sikhs are enjoined to carry a religious sword as a symbol of the Sikh commitment to fighting injustice.

Shaving or Cutting of Hair

Sikh men and women cannot remove hair from any part of their bodies. The Sikh Rehat Maryada, the Sikh Code of Conduct strictly prohibits shaving or cutting of hair.


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