Young Sikhs with turban and sword

Young Sikhs with turban and sword


Rites of Passage

Sikh identity and religion starts at birth with the Nam Karan, child naming ritual. When Sikhs embrace the full responsibilities of the religion they have the Khalsa initiation ceremony, called Amrit Sanskar. The Khalsa is required to wear the five K's that physically identify them as Khalsa and abstain from 1) cutting hair, 2) eating Muslim halal meat, 3) cohabiting with a person other than one’s spouse and 4) using intoxicants such as tobacco. If a person does not have a Sikh name, they take a new name at this time. Men take the Singh (lion), and women take the name Kaur (princess).


The Chaplaincy to the University of Glamorgan provides the following information from its own researchers. Each page has been checked by the chaplaincy advisor from the relevant faith group. Within every major religion, there are differences of opinion between leaders, and between leaders and followers. We only aim to provide an overview.