New Year’s Eve celebrations in Saudi Arabia have taken a turn for the bizarre.
A group of women in Saudi, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain are performing the traditional ‘dubhij’ (new year’s prayer) while naked, wearing the traditional veil.
Many women in the region are taking the opportunity to make a statement about the lack of freedoms in their country.
The new year’s vigil has been planned in several cities including Riyadh, Doha, Jeddah and Jeddan, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
The group of female dancers were seen wearing a headdress that has a ‘no face’ sign in it, the agency reported.
This was the first time that women have performed a new year in this manner in the kingdom since the country introduced Sharia law, according to the news agency.
‘I’m not afraid of anything’ Some women, including some who wear the veil, are expressing their support for the group’s decision to take part in the vigil.
“I’m tired of this society, and I’m not scared of anything,” one of the women said, according the news outlet.
Women in the Gulf state of Bahrain have also participated in a similar vigil, but it is not known if they will be celebrating this year’s celebrations as well. “
What’s important is what we are saying in our hearts.”
Women in the Gulf state of Bahrain have also participated in a similar vigil, but it is not known if they will be celebrating this year’s celebrations as well.
‘We have nothing to fear’ The women participating in the new years vigil are not wearing a hijab, a traditional headscarf, which is a head covering for women, according Al Jazeera.
The women are instead wearing headscarves which have a white face covering and a black face covering, the news service reported.
Many Saudis are worried that the women who wear their hijab are being targeted.
The kingdom is not the only country to have a women’s rights rally this year, but this one has the largest turnout.
Last year, a woman in Saudi capital, Riyadh, participated in the annual march and women in other cities took part in similar vigils.