The Fort McMurray World Hijab Day Committee is looking to show the importance of the Islamic headscarf.
The Committee is celebrating five years of the event in the RMWB, and are inviting women of all races and religions to learn more about their origin.
Committee President and co-founder, Kiran Malik Khan tells Mix News the slogan for the celebration is “Modesty, Honour, Beauty.”
She says this is to address many misconceptions as to why Muslim women wear the headscarf.
“The idea is to create education and awareness about the hijab and how it’s a beautiful expression of our faith and certainly not a symbol of oppression and/or something that we are being asked to do. It is something we do with pleasure, with dignity, and with joy every day.”
Malik Khan adds the day is geared toward women to teach them the significance and origins of the hijab, but men may also come out to support their better halves – if they wish.
“It is mandatory for Muslim women, there are no two ways about it. Now, there are different versions that you see. The idea is to cover the hair and the chest and it’s a symbol of our modesty, which is why our slogan is ‘modesty, honour, beauty.'”
The committee hopes the celebration will give people an opportunity to see what it’s like to wear a hijab and to ask questions if they have any about the head-covering.
Fort McMurray will celebrate World Hijab Day at Peter Pond Mall on February 4, from 1 to 3 p.m.