Since a few years February 1st is the day to celebrate the World Hijab Day. Founded on February 1st, 2013, by Nazma Khan, World Hijab Day aims at celebrating inclusivity and acceptance. Women of all religions and backgrounds are encouraged to experience of wearing a hijab to support Muslim women who choose to wear the hijab and live a life of modesty.
We cannot forget Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand Prime Minister , when in latest March 2019 decided to wear a scarf as a symbol of expressing support to Muslims population in the territory after the awful attack in Christchurch, where 50 Muslims were massacred. A pure gesture , a declaration of standing for humanity to prevail.
World Hijab day is celebrated worldwide and many initiatives have been already scheduled in the USA, Latin America, West Africa and South East Indonesia , touching almost 190 countries.
All this could bring us to some considerations. Hijab , a simple fashion apparel, became the vehicle to address social themes such as tolerance, identity recognition by tackling moral values within each of us. Becoming also a popular garment in the fashion vocabulary, the hijab took fashion to stand up and not to ignore how a social movement, as Modesty, crossed over a simple trend.
Furthermore, it stands for personal choice : as a woman, I have all the rights to believe in what is suitable for my life. World hijab day can be that too, a celebration of personal choice. Without too much explanations.
Thanks to the Modest Movement currently making history worldwide , maybe one day we won't need exactly one single day to celebrate those values..every single day should be honored in these terms.