Jordan celebrates New Year’s Day with a public holiday every 1 January, as does most of the rest of the world. However, the celebrations really begin on New Year’s Eve and reach a high point with the turning of the clock from 11:59pm on 31 December to midnight on 1 January.
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Jordan celebrates New Year’s Day both according to the Islamic Calendar and the Gregorian Calendar. As the latter is a relatively new development in Jordan, it retains most of its Western-style features.
On New Year’s Eve, you will see some fireworks displays, but it’s not a huge event. Hotels and resorts may serve Western-style New Year’s feats, while locals eat traditional Jordanian family feasts.
For tourists, visiting Petra and the adjacent Movenpick Resort is popular around New Year’s time, as is swimming in the Dead Sea and investigating Jordan’s array of “desert castles”. New Year’s Day is somewhat low-key here, but there are some events, and there is plenty to do as always.
New Year’s Day is a time of resolutions and starting fresh for some, while for others it is spent recovering from a big, late night spent with friends and family.