Holidays in Jordan

Public Holidays and Religious Holidays in 2015.


Holidays in Jordan can be classisfied as Religious Holidays, National Holidays, Bank Holidays.

Bank Holidays are the days when banks and goverment offices are closed in addition to the regular Fridays and Saturdays.

Some of the Religious Holidays are also Bank Holidays but not all of them. Easter holidays, for example, are only observed by Christian establishments.

Note about Muslim Holidays: As the lunar Hijri calendar is 11 days shorter than the Gregorian calendar, each year Islamic holidays fall 10-11 days earlier than in the previous year. The precise dates are known only shortly before event, however, as they depend on the sighting of the moon.

Shops and restaurants are usually open on bank holidays as well: business is business.

The only exception being the month of Ramadan when many restaurants are closed during the day and there may be restrictions on smoking and drinking.

National Holidays are the celebrations of important events in Jordanian or Arab history - some of them are Bank Holidays while others are not.


Jordan's Religious, National & Bank Holidays in 2015 - A.H. 1436


Jan 1 Sunday New Year's Day Bank Holiday
January 3 Saturday The Prophet's Birthday Muslim Religious and Bank Holiday
April 3 Friday Good Friday Christian Religious Holiday
April 5-6 Sunday/Monday Easter Christian Religious Holiday
May 1 Friday Labour Day Bank Holiday
May 15 Friday Prophet's Ascension Muslim Religious Holiday
May 25 Monday Independence Day National, Bank Holiday
June 18 Thursday Ramadan begins NOT Bank Holiday
July 18 Saturday Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan) Bank Holiday
Sept 24 Thursday, 4-5 days altogether Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice) Bank Holiday
Oct 15 Thursday Islamic New Year Bank Holiday
Dec 24 Thursday The Prophet's Birthday Muslim Religious and Bank Holiday
Dec 25 Friday Christmas Day Bank Holiday

Please note: in Jordan the goverment sometimes changes the day on which the holiday was supposed to be celebrated to another day, to prolong weekend. Muslim holidays may also start 1 day earlier or later, depending on the sight of the Moon.

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