Public 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.

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.

Eid al-Fitr: Also known as al-Eid al-Sagheer (the little feast), it is a three day celebration that marks the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting.

Eid al-Adha: Known commonly as the 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. During these four day celebration, families who can afford to slaughter a lamb share the meat with poorer Muslims.

Hijra New Year: Islamic New Year

Moulid al-Nabi: The Prophet Muhammad’s birthday.

Eid al-Isra waal Mi’raj: The feast that celebrates the nocturnal visit of Prophet Muhammad to heaven.

Business Hours

Friday is the weekly holiday when government offices, banks and most offices are closed. Most businesses and banks have a half-day on Thursday, and some businesses and banks take Sunday as a half-day or a complete holiday. Government departments are open from 08:00 to 14:00 daily except Friday. Banks are open from 08:30 to 13:00, and some have recently introduced afternoon hours from 16:00 to 18:00. Small shops are open long hours, from around 09:00 until 20:00 or 21:00, often closing for a couple of hours in the mid-afternoon. Most Muslim shop owners close early or do not open on Friday, and Christians follow similar rules on Sunday. However, the markets and street stalls downtown remain open all week long, and Friday is their busiest day of the week. During Ramadan, the Muslim holy month of fasting, business hours are shorter. Museums are generally open every day except Tuesday, but opening hours sometimes vary.