Everything You Need to Know About World Hijab Day
Hijabis have trouble choosing which event to attend, which venue will be suitable, what dress will be appropriate, which cuisine will be Halal and many other similar considerations that make it a rather difficult decision to choose which event to attend and which to let go. However, there is one event that is specifically for Hijabis and Muslim Women around the world.
Yes, we are talking about the World Hijab Day. It is being celebrated on an ever-larger scale every year.
Here's everything you need to know about the world hijab day!
When is World Hijab Day?
It is celebrated on 1st of February every year. The yearly celebrations of this event started in 2013 for the first time. The day is seen as an occasion to show solidarity towards the Muslim ladies who choose to wear the hijab and live a life of modesty.
non-Muslim women take an opportunity to observe this day, showing not only solidarity
to these females but also to have a first-hand experience of what it feels like
to be a Hijabi. The day is not observed for any religious purpose but instead
taken as a symbol of harmony and to spread the message of peace and
Where is World Hijab Day celebrated?
The amazing thing about World Hijab Day is that it is not limited to Muslim countries only. According to worldhijabday.com, it is being celebrated in 140 countries worldwide.
What happens on World Hijab Day?
Women from all over the world, belonging to different religions, cultures, backgrounds and ethnicity cover their head. Just like it is a choice for those who do it for religious purposes, even those who are not obliged, seize the day to observe it. It is just like spending a day in someone else’s shoes to experience and feel what they go through to support Muslim women’s right of wearing hijab and raising awareness regarding its morals and merits. Sometimes, it’s the daily struggles one has to face and sometimes an enriching, beautiful and joyous affair.
The women get to socialize and mingle with women from varying perspectives and understand them. They can answer the queries of those who want to explore more on the subject. The event also serves to clear several misconceptions that people have about hijabis, like they are oppressed or devoid of their basic right of freedom to express themselves.
Purpose of celebrating World Hijab Day
World Hijab Day has initiated a healthy dialogue for those who want to know more about Islam. It gives them a chance to gain awareness. The day is observed as a peaceful event, promoting healthy and tranquil relationships among individuals.
It negates the spread of hate and misogyny, especially when it is based on
religious beliefs and norms. It spreads the universal message of tolerance; it can be considered synonymous to the famous maxim, Live and Let Live.
The hijabis all around the world feel strengthened and safer. They can see the world not discriminating them for a choice they voluntarily made. All those people who question their choice can learn more about its actual form and its true experience. It also gives them a sense of purpose and lets them spread the true message of Islam, that is peace.
The day can serve as a trail for young Muslim women to try and see if it works for them. They can learn more about it and after experiencing it themselves can decide if they can move a step forward in faith. This beautiful day also serves the purpose of spreading education about true Islam and repeal the rigid picture of Islam. It helps to soften the image of fundamental and radical Islam that many people hold after blindly following the propaganda by the media.
World Hijab Day is an excellent experience for people to let go their misconceptions about Islam. They get to see that women who wear hijab do it by choice, not by force. The people can encounter situations, both good and bad, that hijab wearing women come across every day. It is seen as a day to empower women; let them take their own decisions and make their own choices.
Every individual should support and make peace with others’ choices, how they choose to live and what they choose to do. Muslim women are no more seen as subordinates and oppressed; they stand confident and empowered in every walk of life and all over the planet.
This years motto is "Breaking Stereotypes, Shattering Boundaries". Let's join this years campaign by taking a selfie holding a sign with the hashtag #FreeInHijab along with #BokittaLovers. In caption, share with us and the world how you are free in hijab. Over the course of the next few days, we’ll be posting your pictures on our social media channels (Facebook, & Instagram) so don't forget to tag us so we can feature your awesome stories.