World Hijab’s Day nowadays
In 2013, Nazma Khan, a Bangladeshi Muslim woman living in New York, introduced World Hijab Day on February 1. The idea comes from a small website where Nazma shared stories about the hijab and its cultural significance for Muslims around the world. It provided an opportunity for any visitor of the site to share their thoughts and feelings about the hijab, about its misunderstanding in society, and to receive support.
Seven years have passed since then. Let’s see how the Hijab day is celebrated in 2020 in Russia, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, and other countries?
In Kazan (Tatarstan, Russia), Leisan, a famous fashion blogger, organized a hijab flash mob on Instagram. The blogger asked girls who did not wear a headscarf every day to wear a hijab for one day and share their impressions. Girls from Kazan, St. Petersburg, Moscow and the Moscow region shared their feelings online. Many of them noted the feeling of calm and security and did not face any negativity towards themselves. Thus, some girls were pushed one step closer to wearing a headscarf more often or even on a daily basis.
In Ufa (Bashkortostan, Russia), Aisha Journal gathered Muslim girls for a party called “Aishina Night,” which Linda Berger periodically organizes for her sisters.
In Moscow, the Aisha women’s club organized a meeting for Muslim women from Moscow and the Moscow region.
In Makhachkala (Dagestan, Russia), Risalat, a women’s clothing store, held an event for sisters and traditionally offered discounts to its customers.
Also in Makhachkala, Gidayat, a women’s center, organized a special event dedicated to Hijab Day and ran a competition among Koran readers.
In Saratov (Russia), there was an event for sisters with different nations’ traditional costumes presentation.
A competition for young Muslim women took place in Urus-Martan (Chechnya).
In Simferopol, the Crimean Muslim Women’s Association called Bullur organized a flash mob called “The History of My Hijab” a week before the World Hijab Day, where everyone could share memories of the time when they began wearing a hijab.
Activists of the Ukrainian Association of Muslim Women gave flowers to women in many cities of Ukraine.
A large-scale event dedicated to World Hijab Day was held in Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan). The event was organized by the Islamic magazine called UMMA.
In Tokmok (Kyrgyzstan), girls in hijabs were given scarves and candies in the street.
In Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, Muslim women gathered at a hotel for a party, the main theme of which, according to the organizer of Caesaria Apriliani, was to reveal and develop the talents of Muslimahs in society.
In Dakar, the capital of Senegal, where about 95% of the population is Muslim, women also participated in the World Hijab Day event. Advertisements on social networks and websites brought together many Muslim women in the capital’s main square, where they were given skincare tips and tips for wearing a headscarf.
In Karachi, Pakistan, Muslims went to the main street with placards in their hands that carry slogans about what hijab means to them.
Traditionally, on this day, Muslim women all over the world offer other women to try on a headscarf. Often, it helps people around us understand us better and feel what we feel every day. Moreover, this day brings some girls more confidence to make the hijab an integral part of their lives. Does it mean it’s all not in vain?
Translated by Diana