World Hijab Day Yesterday
On Saturday some non-Muslim women in Fiji experienced what it was like to wear a Hijab.
Hijab refers to clothing like the veil and the headscarf worn by Muslim women as a symbol of modesty.
The Ariana Boutique in Nabua, Suva, yesterday marked World Hijab Day by giving a chance to non-Hijabi women to experience Hijab from the other side.
World Hijab Day is celebrated annually on February 1 although the boutique celebrated it a day in advance since it closes every Sunday.
Boutique owner, Nuzhat Ali, said they wanted to create awareness because at times the Hijab was misinterpreted around the world.
“We want other women to feel what it was really like wearing the Hijab even if it’s just for a few minutes. They might get an understanding,” Ms Ali said.
Sainimili Tinanisue, an employee of the boutique was among those who wore the Hijab yesterday.
“I’ve learned that wearing a Hijab is something very respectable for Muslim women and I’m happy to get a chance to wear it,” Ms Tinanisue said.
Eseta Kaitani, a participant, said it was an emotional experience.
“Muslim women in Fiji are lucky because they can wear the Hijab freely compared to some parts of the world where Muslim women have been disallowed,” Ms Kaitani said.
The first World Hijab Day was celebrated in 2013.