Public holidays in Jordan

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Public holidays in Jordan.[1]

Date English name Local name Remarks Official Business
1 January New Year's Day Ras Assanah al-Miladi Closed
30 January King Abdullah's Birthday Recently cancelled by a royal decree. Open
1 May Labour Day Eid el-Ommal Closed
date varies Easter Sunday Eid Al Fiseh Al Atheem Observed by Christians. Easter in Jordan is celebrated by all denominations according to the Eastern Church Calendar.
25 May Independence Day Eid al-Istiklaal Closed
9 June King Abdullah's Accession to the Throne Eid al-Jolous
14 November Birthday of King Hussein After King Hussein's death, the day is called "Loyalty to Hussein"'s Day Recently cancelled by a royal decree. Open
25 December Christmas Day Eid Al Milad Al Majeed, Al Eid Il Sagheer Christmas in Jordan is celebrated by all denominations according to Catholic date (Orthodox date on January 7th). Closed
10 Dhul Hijja Feast of the Sacrifice or the Big Feast Eid al-Adha, Eid al-Kbeer Commemorates Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son.
1 Shawwal the Little Feast Eid al-Fitr Commemorates end of Ramadan Closed
1 Muharram Hijri New Year Ras Assanah Al Hijri Islamic New Year Closed
27 Rajab Isra and Mi'raj Isra wal Mi'raj Ascension of Muhammad Open
12 Rabi' al-awwal prophet Muhammad's birthday Mawlid al-Nabi Closed

Note: Holidays in Jordan are often flexible. It is common for the government to change the day which a holiday is supposed to be celebrated on to another day — usually to prolong weekend.