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.