The 2020 religious holidays are now here, and they’re all about the headscarf.
The headscarves, or nikanas, are now worn by almost half of the population of Indonesia, a majority of them women, and by an even larger percentage of men.
But the headwear has not gone unnoticed in Indonesia.
Many people have started wearing the headgear to celebrate religious festivals, weddings and other special occasions, or simply to show their respect to religious elders and traditions.
A few years ago, the head coverings became popular in the United States as well, and in Australia, the wearing of the nikana is now the norm.
But the trend has taken off in Indonesia, and some people even use it as a way to make fun of religion.
“If you can make a joke about religion, people are open to that, it makes people laugh,” one of the headcoverings’ creators told ABC News.
“And it also makes people feel comfortable.”
In Indonesia, people have been known to wear the head scarf in front of their church in the belief that the head covering protects them from evil spirits.
And the headdress is not just a joke.
“You can’t wear a nikaka without putting on a headscaraf to cover your face and it’s a sign of your religion, you know, you are Muslim, you have to have this thing,” one person told ABC’s Insiders program.
“The nikas are a symbol of our faith, it is an expression of our belief and respect, it can be a way of showing that we have faith in the faith.”
Many of the religious figures and leaders who wear the niqab, or burqa, also wear a head cover for the same reason.
“It’s a symbol that signifies that you belong to this group, that you’re Muslim, and that you respect our faith,” one headscarred person said.
“So it’s the way we are able to make it a personal, personal, intimate thing that doesn’t take up much space,” another said.
In Indonesia’s capital Jakarta, people wearing the nikkas can be seen around the city.
Some people even make their own nikkana, or headscarfs, to wear on their heads.
“I do not wear a veil, I wear a burqa,” one nikono told ABC.
“It’s my way of saying that I am Muslim, I respect Islam, and I don’t want to be perceived as an outsider.”
The headcovering, or religious veil, has become popular in Indonesia because of the country’s religious traditions.
It’s also become popular for people to wear it at funerals and religious events, but it’s more common for people who don’t feel comfortable to wear one.
Many of Indonesia’s religious leaders wear the burqa as part of their religious ceremonies, to avoid offending people.
Some people who wear a hijab, or full-face covering, also avoid wearing a headcover because of their religion.
But people who do not feel comfortable wearing a nikkora, or veil, are still encouraged to wear them.
“We want to have a veil for everyone, we want to wear nikkoras, but we want the people to understand that we are Muslims, and we respect the Muslim faith,” another headcovered person told Insiders.
“We wear nikoras because we feel comfortable with it, but at the same time we don’t think it is something to be ashamed of.”
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