2024 Public Holidays in Jordan

Public Holidays in Jordan in 2024

Jordan, a country with a rich cultural heritage and historical significance, observes various public holidays throughout the year. These holidays are deeply rooted in the nation’s traditions, religion, and history. In 2024, Jordan will celebrate several public holidays, each with its own significance and customs.

National Holidays

New Year’s Day (Ras as-Sanah al-Jadidah) – January 1st

New Year’s Day in Jordan marks the beginning of the Gregorian calendar year. It is celebrated with parties, gatherings, and fireworks displays. Many Jordanians also attend religious services and spend time with family and friends to welcome the new year.

Independence Day (Eid al-Istiqlal) – May 25th

Independence Day in Jordan commemorates the country’s independence from British mandate rule on May 25, 1946. It is one of the most important national holidays in Jordan, celebrated with parades, cultural events, and festivities. Independence Day is a time for Jordanians to reflect on their freedom and national identity.

Labour Day (Eid al-Amal) – May 1st

Labour Day in Jordan is dedicated to workers’ rights and social justice. It is celebrated with rallies, marches, and demonstrations organized by trade unions and workers’ organizations. Many people also take the opportunity to relax and enjoy leisure activities with family and friends.

King Abdullah II’s Birthday (Eid Milad al-Malik Abdullah al-Thani) – January 30th

King Abdullah II’s Birthday celebrates the birth of King Abdullah II, the reigning monarch of Jordan. It is a day to honor the king and his contributions to the country. Many Jordanians express their loyalty and gratitude to the king through various celebrations and events.

Jordanian Independence Day (Eid al-Istiqlal al-Urduni) – June 9th

Jordanian Independence Day commemorates the independence of Transjordan (now Jordan) from British mandate rule on June 9, 1926. It is a day to celebrate Jordanian nationalism and pride. Many people participate in patriotic events and activities to honor the country’s history and achievements.

Eid al-Fitr (Eid al-Fitr) – Date varies (based on the Islamic lunar calendar)

Eid al-Fitr, also known as the Festival of Breaking the Fast, marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. It is celebrated with prayers, feasting, and social gatherings. Many Jordanians visit family and friends, exchange gifts, and give to charity during Eid al-Fitr.

Eid al-Adha (Eid al-Adha) – Date varies (based on the Islamic lunar calendar)

Eid al-Adha, also known as the Festival of Sacrifice, commemorates the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God. It is celebrated with prayers, feasting, and the sacrifice of animals. Many Jordanians also perform acts of charity and share the meat from the sacrificed animals with those in need.

Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday (Mawlid al-Nabi) – Date varies (based on the Islamic lunar calendar)

Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday celebrates the birth of the Prophet Muhammad, the founder of Islam. It is a day of reflection, prayer, and remembrance of the Prophet’s teachings and example. Many Jordanians participate in religious ceremonies and listen to sermons that highlight the Prophet’s life and message.

Table of Public Holidays and Days Off

Holiday Date Days Off Groups
New Year’s Day January 1 1 All
Independence Day May 25 1 All
Labour Day May 1 1 All
King Abdullah II’s Birthday January 30 1 All
Jordanian Independence Day June 9 1 All
Eid al-Fitr Date varies 2 Muslims
Eid al-Adha Date varies 2 Muslims
Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday Date varies 1 Muslims

 

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