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Centuries of immigration has lead Canada to become an increasingly diverse nation. Canada is home to people from a wide range of cultural backgrounds; therefore, cultural diversity is now one of the distinctive features of today’s society. Policies in immigration allow visible minorities from many Asian countries. People from other cultures bring with them their values, beliefs, and customs, the Sikhs being no exception.

This paper describes the Sikh ceremonial/religious attire, customs, with particular emphasis to the kirpan. Legal controversies have emerged in relation to this religious article, especially in Canada and the United States. Some educational institutions have raised concerns over safety, uniform guidelines, and policies and procedures. Further, it formulates a logical argument and defends the issue of whether Sikh students should be allowed to wear a kirpan at educational institutions. Also discussed will be alternative value positions and inconsistencies by adversarial groups.

Following are the 5 K’s of the Sikh religion. These symbols must be present on baptized Sikhs at all times.

1. Kesh (uncut hair): Treated as a gift from God. It is the first and foremost duty of a Sikh to keep this God-given form intact. Keeping long hair confirms a Sikh’s belief in acceptance. Sikhs cover their hair by wearing a turban as a sign of holiness and sovereignty.

2. Kirpan (sheathed sword): Symbol of power and courage. It is a symbol to defend the weak and the truth. The word “KIRPA” means kindness and “AAN” means self respect.

3. Kachhehra (undergarment): Specially designed long pair of shorts symbolizing continence and a high moral character.

4. Kanga (comb): Small wooden comb placed in the hair for grooming. Kanga is a symbol of cleanliness.

5. Karha (steel bracelet): Steel bracelet worn on the wrist. Signifies bondage with the Guru and among other Sikhs. Also, the circle is a symbol of...