1st January: New Year’s Day
30th January: King AbdullahII’s Birthday
4th February: Mawlid al-Nabi
Prophet Mohammad’s Birthday
**TBA: Good Friday
**TBA: Easter Day
**TBA: Easter Monday
1st May: Labour Day
25th May: Independence Day
10th June: Army Day or The Great Arab Revolt
*TBA: Al Isra’ walMiraj
The feast that celebrates the noturnal visit of Prophet Mohammad pbuh (peace be upon him) to heaven.
*TBA: Eid al-Fitr Also known as al-Eid al-Sagheer (the little feast).
It is a three-day celebration to mark the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting.
*TBA: Eid al-Adha Known commonly as al-Eid al-Kabeer (the big feast).
It falls at the end of the month of Hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca). It commemorates the Prophet Ibrahim’s offering of Isma’il for sacrifice.
*TBA: Hijri New Year
The first month of the Islamic calendar
25th December: ChristmasDay
Holidays: Holidays in Jordan are either religious (Islamic or Christian) or celebrations of important events in Jordanian or Arab history. Non-Islamic holidays are fixed, while Islamic holidays vary according to the lunar Muslim calendar, as well as some Christian holidays vary according to the liturgical year.
*Islamic Holidays: As the lunar Hijra calendar is 11 days shorter than the Gregorian calendar, each year Islamic holidays fall approximately 11 days earlier than in the previous year. The precise dates are known only shortly before they fall, however, as they depend on the sighting of the moon.
**Christian Holidays: The liturgical year, also known as the church year, consists of the cycle of liturgical seasons in Christian churches that determine when feast days, including celebrations of saints, are to be observed. The dates may vary between the different churches, though the sequence and logic is largely the same.