Festivals and Events
Jordan is a predominantly Muslim country with the nation celebrating Islamic holidays. Here's an overview of the main festivals and events that take place in Jordan.
Held in the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, Ramadan is a period of fasting during which Muslims refrain from eating, drinking and smoking between dawn and sunset to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to the prophet Muhammad. At night the cities come alive with people breaking fast and meeting friends in cafes and restaurants and in Amman the Citadel Nights takes places, a series of concerts and recitals featuring classical Arabic music played at the ancient Citadel Hill.
Jerash Festival for Culture and Art
The remarkable ancient Roman city of Jerash in the very north of Jordan plays host to an annual festival of the arts with an assortment of singing, musical and dance performances by Jordanian and international artists. The event is held sometime in either June or July each year and is a great insight into Arabic culture.
Perseids Meteor Shower
The prolific Perseids Meteor Shower
is a stream of space debris ejected by the comet Swift-Tuttle during its 133-year-long orbit. On a clear night a radiant streak of meteors decorate the sky from mid-July to the end of August. Primarily visible in the Northern Hemisphere, the deserts of Jordan are a fantastic place to witness the spectacle with wide open skies usually unblighted by cloud cover.