| Wani Roslan |
BRUNEI Darussalam marked World Hijab Day yesterday, as several activities were held during the 15th Consumer Fair at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Berakas.
The World Hijab Day, mooted by New Yorker Nazma Khan, has been celebrated in 116 countries on February 1 since 2013 with the aim to nurture tolerance and understanding about the wearing of hijab.
The event started with a Hijab talk delivered by Mia Suria, World Hijab Day Ambassador for Brunei Darussalam and a local hijab designer and Victoria Crane, an international artist and photographer, who shared her experience.
“With the World Hijab Day, people will understand not to judge a women by what she wears and her beliefs, but instead by what is on her mind, character, goals and ambitions,” she said, “It is not about celebrating the hijab but educating about the hijab itself.”
During the talk, she also highlighted that the World Hijab Day will be a day for everyone who is willing to experience wearing a hijab including non-Muslim and non-hijabi Muslim.
“On this day, we ask non-Muslim and non-hijabi Muslim women worldwide to wear hijab for a day. We wish you will gain a wealth of knowledge and hijab education,” she added.
The event also saw an open invitation for all ladies to don the hijab and at the same time promoting the beauty of sharing.
One hundred sponsored hijabs were given away to participants and free cupcakes to those who visited the World Hijab Day exhibition.