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Public holidays exist in (almost) every country in the world. However, the occasion can be very different from country to country. That’s because public holidays are based on important cultural, religious or national observances. For travel addicts, public holidays mean one thing: time to travel!
If you’re planning on visiting Jordan, it’s important to be aware of the public holidays in Jordan. That’s because they affect the opening hours, availability of guides, flights and accommodation. On the other hand, some public holidays will give you a valuable cultural experience.
Let me explain to you what types of public holidays in Jordan there are, when they are (dates), and what to expect in Jordan during public holidays.
Types of Public Holidays in Jordan
There are two types of public holidays in Jordan. First, holidays with a fixed date that fall on the same date every year. Second, holidays with a variable day which fall on a different date every year.
As a rule of thumb, dates of holidays with a religious significance (origin) vary from year to year while holidays with a cultural meaning fall on the same date every year.
Below’s a list of public holidays.
Holidays with a Fixed Date
Public holidays in Jordan with a fixed date are based on the Gregorian calendar and take place at the same date every year:
- New Year (1st January)
- Labour Day (1st May)
- Independence Day (25th May)
- Christmas (25th December)
Floating holidays are public holidays with dates that change from year to year. They are based on the Islamic calendar. The Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar which is slightly shorter than the Gregorian calendar (354-355 days vs. 365-366 days).
Many religious holidays do have a fixed date in the lunar calendar. However, since the Gregorian calendar is established as the leading calendar in most parts of the world, dates are usually given based on the Gregorian calendar.
It’s the same logic as with Christian holidays like Easter which are also based on a lunar calendar.
These are the public holidays in Jordan celebrated on a different date every year:
- Eid al Fitr (end of Ramadan)
- Eid al Adha (end of the pilgrim month)
- First Muharam (New Year in the Islamic calendar)
- 12 Rabee al Awal (Birthday of prophet Mohammad PBUH)
Dates of Public Holidays in Jordan
Public Holidays 2022
- 1st January 2022 (New Year)
- 1st May 2022 (Labour Day)
- 2nd May – 3rd May 2022 (Eid al Fitr)
- 25th May 2022 (Independence Day)
- 9th July – 13th July 2022 (Eid al Adha)
- 30th July 2022 (New Year Islamic Calendar)
- 8th October 2022 (Prophet’s birthday PHUB)
- 25th December 2022 (Christmas)
You might also be interested in the dates of Ramadan in Jordan. Ramadan is the holy month in Islam. It’S not a public holiday, but it’s followed by Eid festivals, which is a public holiday. During Ramadan, most businesses (shops, banks, museums…) operate as usual, but shorter working hours are common.
Public Holidays 2023
- 1st January 2023 (New Year)
- 21st April – 22nd April 2023 (Eid al Fitr)
- 1st May 2023 (Labour Day)
- 25th May 2023 (Independence Day)
- 9th July – 13th July 2023 (Eid al Adha)
- 19th July 2023 (New Year Islamic Calendar)
- 27th September 2023 (Prophet’s birthday PHUB)
- 25th December 2023 (Christmas)
Visit Jordan on Public Holidays
As a tourist visiting Jordan, the most important for you is the opening hours of sites, and possibly the availability of guides.
What might affect you as a visitor are Eid and Ramadan.
Eid festivals are the most significant public holidays in Jordan. That’s because of their religious significance which Jordanians really care about. Eid (especially Eid al Adha) lasts over a few days. Locals love the opportunity to travel within Jordan, with the Dead Sea and Aqaba being most popular among local holidaymakers. Consequently, there’s less availability of accommodation and prices are higher.
Although not a public holiday, Ramadan can really affect your trip to Jordan. That’s especially true because Ramadan lasts a full month, not just a day. If you’re considering a trip during those dates, make sure to read my full article on visiting Jordan during Ramadan.