California is home to a Sikh community that was established over a hundred years ago. They often celebrate their faith with events like this one that offer free food, or “langar,” to anyone who attends.
Followers maintain five articles of faith, also known as the 5 K's:
1. “Kesh” means uncut hair, which is believed to be a gift from God.
2. “Kara” is the bracelet worn as a reminder to do good deeds.
3. The “kirpan” is the sword, which represents protection.
4. “Kanga” is the comb, which symbolizes cleanliness.
5. Finally, “kachera” are long underpants, which are worn for chastity.
The turban is not technically an article of faith, but is often used to cover Sikhs' uncut hair and represents the equality of all people.
In the latest Untold America documentary, @shreenk rides along with a Sikh trucker. Produced by @maggiebeidelman, @emily.marie.gibson and @shreenk. Videography by @studiomtn. Link in bio!