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Jordan Events & Holidays: Monthly Guide for 2024

When you think of Jordan, what comes to mind? The Rose City of Petra, naturally. Wadi Rum‘s desert landscapes of course. Floating in the Dead Sea – a bucket list experience to be sure. All of these should be on your Jordan itinerary… but you might also be seeking hidden gems and unique experiences beyond the tourist track and well-worn suggestions from guidebooks.

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While you’ve probably built your itinerary around the tried-and-true activities and experiences that are available every day of the year, you might also be curious if there are any special events happening in Jordan during your visit. These kinds of events and holiday celebrations can be a great way to dive even deeper into Jordanian culture during your visit.

Below you’ll find a breakdown of all the holidays and events in Jordan, month by month. If you have any questions or have discovered others during your own trip research that I can add to this list, please let me know in the comments.

January

After celebrating the New Year, there are a few more special events that take place in January in Jordan.

🌴 Arbor Day. On January 15th, Jordanians celebrate Arbor Day with a three-day series of events that encourage locals to give back to the environment. Many people plant Date Palms due to their significance during the holy month of Ramadan.

👑 The King’s Birthday. While it isn’t a government holiday, January 30th is the birthday of the current king, King Abdullah II of Jordan. There aren’t any official observations of this day, but it is an interesting day to note if you’re visiting at the end of the month. Happy Birthday, Your Royal Highness!

☪️ Ramadan. While it’s a way out, Ramadan will actually occur during parts of January from 2028 to 2032. Be sure to check the link above if you happen to find this a few years from now and are planning a trip that far in the future, and read this resource I wrote about visiting Jordan during Ramadan.

February

Like many other countries during the chilly season, Jordan doesn’t have a very busy agenda in February. Don’t despair, though. Here’s one special event that takes place in February in Jordan. 

🏺 Aqaba Traditional Arts Festival. This festival hosted in the port city of Aqaba celebrates the culture and traditions of Bedouin people. There’ll be handmade crafts for sale, market stalls with sumptuous local food, and folk music groups. The festival takes place from February 1 through February 28.

March

Despite a lot of research, I couldn’t find many events happening in Jordan this March – if you know of any, please let me know so I can add them.

☪️ Ramadan. The main event worth being aware of in Jordan in March is Ramadan, which begins on Sunday, March 10, 2024. While most tourist experiences won’t be affected (or affected much) by locals fasting as part of their Ramadan observation (even those working in the tourism industry), it’s important to be aware that it’s happening so you can understand any disruptions you encounter.

👩‍👧 Mother’s Day. Like the United Kingdom, Jordan celebrates Mother’s Day in March (rather than May); in 2024, it will be celebrated on March 21 (different than the U.K., which celebrates it on March 10!). In any case, if you’re traveling with your mom – or if you’re not – be sure to treat her to something special or at least a phone call!

April

As April 2024 is part of the holy month of Ramadan, there aren’t as many special events as you might find during other months of the year.

☪️ Ramadan. The main event worth being aware of in Jordan in March is Ramadan, which begins in March and continues through April 10, 2024. For us travelers, Ramadan is a unique opportunity to dive deep into Jordanian culture and get closer to the people. Especially if you adapt your behavior a little bit to observe their religious practices, it could be one of the most enriching experiences. (Be sure to check that guide I linked above for extra advice!)

May

May is a pretty busy month in the Middle-Eastern hotspot, even as the temperatures continue to rise. Below I’ve detailed three events you can enjoy during your trip. 

🏎 Jordan International Rally (May 16-18): the most anticipated event of all, the Jordan International Rally is a unique experience for car and non-car enthusiasts. You’ll see bold drivers showcasing their abilities behind the wheel in the middle of gorgeous landscapes. 

🌙 Wadi Rum Full Moon Desert Marathon (May 24):  For my fellow runners out there, don’t miss the chance to participate in Wadi Rum’s marathon. You can cheer for those who signed up or rise to the challenge and run under the rising moon in one of the most breathtaking landscapes in the world. 

🇯🇴 Jordanian Independence Day (May 25): Arguably the most important day in Jordan’s history, you’ll find many celebrations, from military parades to restaurants selling typical fare. It’s a great chance to learn more about the country and feel closer to its culture. 

June

There aren’t as many events in June in Jordan as during other months, but there is one important one in 2024 that’s worth keeping in mind if you’re visiting:

👑 Anniversary of King Abdullah’s Coronation (June 9): His Majesty King Abdullah’s coronation is a huge deal in Jordan – even 25 years on. There are a lot of celebrations held across the country, so do some specific research based on where you’ll be on this date

July

In addition to all of the bucket list-worthy destinations you’ll want to visit in Jordan, there are a few special events that happen in Jordan in July.

📆 Muharram (July 7): The official start of the new year in the Islamic calendar, Muharram will be on July 7th this year. While there aren’t specific events planned to mark the date, it is a public holiday, so some things (infrastructure, government/public business) may be affected.

🎨 Jerash Festival of Culture and Arts (Begins July 27): July hosts the most important event in Jordan, the Jerash Festival of Culture and Arts. This festival was founded by Queen Noor and is a colorful celebration of Jordanian arts, dance, food, literature, and music. The setting couldn’t be more idyllic. In Jerash, a city of stunning Roman ruins like Hadrian’s Arch and the Temple of Zeus. 

August

As August is a hot month and less popular with tourists, there are fewer events this month than during other times of the year. That said, there is still one worth attending if it strikes your fancy and works with your travel dates:

🎥 Amman International Film Festival (August 15-22): Don’t miss the chance to explore the wonders that the Eastern world has made in the seventh art. This is the 4th edition of the festival and while it features films from all over the world, it has a special focus on Arab cinema. 

September to November

Unfortunately, I didn’t find any special events happening in September, October, or November. I’ll admit this surprised me this year, as this is one of the best times of of the year to visit Jordan.

If I hear of any new ones, I’ll add them here – or if you know of any yourself, please let me know in the comments.

December

While the cultural agenda may not be as busy as other times of the year, Jordan has two great festivities in December that you won’t want to miss.

🎄 Christmas celebrations: Despite being a Muslim country, Jordan does have a Christian population, and Christmas is celebrated in various parts of the country, particularly in cities like Amman and Madaba. You can witness festive decorations, attend Christmas Eve masses, and indulge in traditional Christmas meals.

🎊 New Year’s Eve celebrations: New Year’s Eve is a lively time in Jordan, with parties and celebrations taking place in major cities like Amman and Aqaba. Some hotels and restaurants also offer special New Year’s Eve dinners and events.

Have any questions about these events or other parts of your Jordan itinerary? Let me know in the comments below!

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I fell in love with Jordan after my first visit in 2016; now I love returning to explore more – and writing guides to help you do the same.

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