Christmas Traditions in Jordan

Christmas Traditions in Jordan

 

In Jordan, Christmas holidays begin in early December with dipped fruits in brandy, rum or cognac. Flour and yeast complete the mixture of cakes and pastries which are traditionally served on Christmas Eve. 
 
Usually on Christmas Eve the family gathers in eldest member’s house. In general, spending time with the family is considered one of the most important values, especially during Christmas and other holidays. 
 
In Jordan's capital of Amman, the joy of Christmas is contagious and the excitement goes beyond the Christian community, reaching out the whole city while the children eagerly await Santa Claus. Christian or non-Christian, all Jordanians celebrate Christmas with joy and excitement. You will see glimpses of red and green lights start sparkling from behind the windows of the little shops in Amman that will leave you with a joyful spirit. 

 

Jordan is a country where you can find both Christians and Muslims living peacefully. Traditions and holidays are celebrated often by both religions. According to the official statistics Almost 90% of the Jordanian population are Muslims while the rest are Christians. However being a minority, Christians are treated equally, and occasions like Christmas are celebrated by both religions. There are some towns in the North of Jordan where Christians are the great majority while in other towns there are mixed populations. 


The Jordanian Constitution provides civilians with complete freedom to practice their religions; however, the state religion in Jordan is Islam. While in Jordan, you will experience religious tolerance yourself. People in Jordan have enough tolerance to accept other religions as in their opinion it’s the same God that we are all worshiping. Thus, love and understanding are common among people there. 


Christmas holiday is an official public holiday for whole of the country. Shops and malls are often all covered with delightful and uplifting Christmas decorations, with much of the red and green colors added as the theme color for this occasion. Hotels and restaurants usually offer special lunches and dinners for those who celebrate Christmas outdoors. 


Christmas day for Jordanians, regardless of their religion, is always about peace, love and understanding!

 

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