Friday is the day of rest. Most shops, government buildings/services and banks are closed (NB: Jewish people do not work on Saturdays and Christians are free on Sundays). On Fridays you will see many families will go to the countryside to have a picnic or visit some of the places of interest.
Jordanian national holidays include:
- 15 January: Tree Day
- 30 January: King Abdullah’s Birthday
- 22 March: Arabian League Day
- 1 May: Labour Day
- 25 May: Independence Day
- 10 June: Anniversary of the Arabian Revolution
- 14 November: (the late) King Hussein’s Birthday
Islamic holidays: Because the Islamic calendar is based on the position of the moon, the festivals fall on different Gregorian dates every year. The festival of sacrifice is on the 4th of October in 2014. Ramadan can cause problems for tourists as many restaurants are closed, and eating, drinking and smoking in public are not appreciated. People will accommodate and cook for tourists in this period, however. In 2014, Ramadan begins on the 28th of June until the 27th of July. Eid al-Fitr, the breakfast feast that follows Ramadan, begins on the 28th of July. Ramadan begins as soon as the full moon is spotted. As a result of this, it can sometimes begin a day earlier than stated here, and the official beginning of Ramadan has been known to vary from place to place.