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 (kîr-pän′, kûr-)
A ceremonial dagger or sword with a curved blade that all observant Sikhs are required to wear.

[Punjabi kirpān and Hindi kr̥pān, both from Sanskrit kr̥pāṇaḥ, sacrificial knife, dagger; perhaps akin to kalpayati, he distributes, trims, cuts; see skel- in Indo-European roots.]


(Other Non-Christian Religions) the short sword traditionally carried by Sikhs as a symbol of their religious and cultural loyalty, symbolizing protection for the weak. See also five Ks
[Punjabi kirpān]
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Noun1.kirpan - a ceremonial four-inch curved dagger that Sikh men and women are obliged to wear at all times
dagger, sticker - a short knife with a pointed blade used for piercing or stabbing
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For example, her 2011 Wedding Vows collection took a stand against domestic violence by using renderings of kirpans, the knives that are an important symbol of her Sikh identity, in necklaces and other pieces.
Summary: Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], September 14 (ANI): The Karnataka Government on Thursday cleared the row over the decision to ban kirpan, stating that there is no blanket ban on the issue and Sikhs can carry kirpans in the state as before.
In this instance, through in-depth consultation with the Sikh Council UK, Drayton Manor Park has resolved to welcome Sikh visitors wearing Kirpans adhering to mutually agreed health and safety guidelines.
Inspectors reported that "some staff obstruct the work of others", "staff morale has dipped" and some staff wear Kirpans - ceremonial daggers - in school.
Seeing that the youth were traditionally dressed and carrying their Kirpans, as Sikhs all over the world do, the committee called the police and falsely reported that 'armed men' had taken over the Gurdwara.
The wearing and carrying of kirpans shall be deemed to be included in the profession of the Sikh religion.
That practice conflicts with school no-weapons policies and school administrators have sometimes banned Sikh boys from carrying kirpans at school.
Along with the total lack of evidence of school violence with kirpans in Canada, that solution does not seem to have really shifted a burden onto anybody.
During the Hola Mohalla fair one can find all kinds of religious souvenirs in makeshift stalls like exquisitely crafted kirpans, swords and daggers.
Visitors to Canadian missions who declare themselves to be Sikhs will be permitted to retain their kirpans when entering the missions, provided their kirpans are secured within a sheath, attached to a fabric belt and worn under clothing across the torso.
146)) In other cases, courts have found that kirpans are not "weapons" at all, in light of their design and ceremonial purpose.
How does telling a Jewish person that in the workplace he cannot wear a yarmulke--or a Muslim that headscarves are forbidden or a Sikh that turbans and kirpans are not allowed--further the kind of country that we strive to be?