Are You Suffering From Jordanian Holiday Confusion?

This time last year was quite memorable when it came to the holiday season. A merging of Eid Al-Adha, Christmas and New Years gave way to the longest recorded holiday in recent Jordanian history. This was remedied by the King scrapping two unnecessary holidays and the government presetting the holidays ahead of time. So this year, this holiday season has been quite confusing. We’ve been off from the 18th till the 22nd, although many, if not most businesses went back to work on Saturday the 22nd. It’s back to work on the 23rd and 24th, then we go on holiday for Christmas day on the 25th. Then back to work on the 26th and 27th, followed by the weekend on the 28th and 29th, followed by going back to work on the 30th and 31st, followed by New Year’s day on the 1st, followed by going back to work on the 2nd and 3rd, followed by the weekend.

Then it’s back to work for the 6th, 7th and 8th, and then it’s a day off for Hijra New Year on the 9th, back to work on the 10th, and then a weekend for the 11th and 12th.

Technically, normalcy doesn’t return until the week of January the 13th.

From then on, it’s gloomy winter life until March 19th when we’re off for the Prophet pbuh’s birthday.

But for right now, it’s four weeks of abnormal holiday speed bumps on the ordinary looping road that we all know as: life in Jordan.


  • Sara7a and bidoon “7asad”, I’m not suffering from the holiday confusion you are talking about.. I’m enjoying being off school till Jan 14th– that’s when you guys are back to normal schedules 😀

  • No way. Is that REALLY what it looks like or are you playing with my mind? Please tell me it isn’t that discombobulated. I am going to be seriously confused at minimum, maybe go insane at worst. My kids are ALREADY driving me up the walls.

    For mothers, it’s gonna be even worse. Empty-hanaat schedule was thrown off already, then we get a nearly a whole month of kiddos off school

  • really wow that will be great, every other day u get a holiday 🙂
    thanks for sharing…althought i wish the just give us this big huge holiday till 13th of jan.

  • secratea: ya 3eini 3al “7asad”!! lol 😀

    kinzi: as far as i know (and i’m pretty sure i’m right), this is how the next few days i.e. weeks, will break down! but this is mostly for the working folks…not so much for the students. i think your kids will be hanging around a bit more often! see it…as you would put it…a blessing in disguise 😀

    manal: tell me about it! 🙂

    Dana: yeah! that and the fact that i never went to class 😀

    Moey: join the club…we had jackets made and everything 😉

  • LOL! I was trying to take a vacation connected to those holidays to remove the confusion and enjoy a little! However, it didn’t work and I must participate this! Enjoy!

  • Usually it’s not a big problem for me, I used to work all thru December and January, fortunately this year it’s either Christmas off or New year’s off, I chose New years. Will have lots of fun working all through Christmas day with my Jewish attending.

  • I agree with you Nas; this is too confusing

    And it means that every other day; I am going to have to announce these holidays to the staff because if I did it in one mail shot, they will be on and off randomly and blame it on the confusing days off 🙁

    I am still suffering from the Eid holiday and I cannot seem to wake up just yet

  • So, what do you want? I whole month of holidays or just annoy our Christian citizens by not taking the days of their holidays off? Why we seem to make a criticism of each and every thing in our life? For me this confusion is good as I can do the “desktop organization” of my work schedule by finishing all the unfinished work in small parts and pieces.

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