Today marks World Hijab Day, a day to recognize the millions of Muslim women who choose to wear the religious head scarf.
The Muslim community in St.Catharines is inviting women, Muslims and non-Muslims to wear the hijab for a day.
The head covering is worn in public by women and covers their head and neck but not their face. The Arabic word hijab refers not just to a headscarf but a symbol of modesty. Wearing a hijab is a choice.
World Hijab Day started in 2013 by Nazma Khan, an American Muslim who faced both physical and emotional hardship for wearing the hijab. She created the day in hopes of educating non-Muslims about what it’s like to wear a hijab.
Canada is among 116 countries taking part in World Hijab Day. In Ontario events are taking place not only in St.Catharines, but in Toronto and Ottawa.