- The five K's are signs of Khalsa Sikhism
Khalsa Sikhism has five elements: 5 K's which are the things Sikhs wear at all times. They are:
- Having unshorn/cut hair. This is called Kes. One must, whether male or female, is required to keep their Kes covered, whether it be in the form of a turban, bandana, or a scarf (Chunni)
- Having a wooden comb in their hair. This is called Kangha. This symbolizes cleanliness which is an important part of Sikhism.
- Having an iron bracelet. This is for protection and physical reminder that a one is bound to the Guru. This is called Kara.
- Wearing cotton underwear that does not always have to be used as underwear. This is called Kachera. It is a reminder to stay away from lust and attachment.
- Carrying a sword with oneself. This is worn to defend one's faith and protect the weak. This is called Kirpan. It is only to be used in self-defence.