RELIGIOUS WEAR IN CANADA
A few examples of religious wear that have touched off controversy and debate in Canada:
By The Canadian Press
Defined by the federal government as a traditional Islamic headscarf worn by Muslim women. The scarf typically covers the woman's hair, ears, and neck.
A face-covering veil that leaves only a slit for the eyes.
A large, loose garment that the Canadian government describes as covering the hands and face, though many versions include components that fall to the feet. The burka often features a mesh screen over the eyes allowing women to see.
The Canadian government defines the kirpan as a curved ceremonial dagger, usually about 20 centimetres long with a blunt tip, which Sikh men generally wear underneath clothing. Doing so is among the five religious obligations of Orthodox Sikh males. The kirpan is said to serve as a reminder of the constant struggle between good and evil.
According to the Canadian government, wearing a turban is among the five religious obligations of Orthodox Sikh males. Sikh men must keep their hair uncut and wrapped in a turban as a symbol of respect for God.