Independence Day in Jordan
Observed annually on May 25th, Independence Day is a holiday in Jordan that marks the country’s independence in 1946. This is when British control of the area officially ended and Jordan became its own kingdom. This is a holiday that’s observed in the country in many different ways.
There are speeches given by civilian and military officials and there are speeches given by politicians. There are also parades, award presentations, and cultural events held all over the country. People also look forward to special religious events, a 21 gun salute in the capital city, and military parades. And as is the case with most Independence Day celebrations held by other countries, there is also a fireworks display.
The History Of Independence Day In Jordan
After World War I, there was the Great Arab Revolt that allowed the Hashemite Army to take over and secure the country. This revolt was led by Sharif Hussein of Mecca against the Ottoman Empire and was supported by both Britain and France.
The British government and Emir Abdullah would enter into negotiations about independence and the treaty was officially signed on March 22nd of 1946. The country would officially become independent on May 25, 1946, and became known as The Hashemite Kingdom of Transjordan.
Sayyid Abdullah bin al-Husayn became the first monarch of the country. During the Arab-Israeli War, King Abdullah I took the title King of Jordan, and the name of the state was changed to The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in 1948.
Observing Independence Day In Jordan
This holiday begins with a 21 gun salute at Jordan’s capital and continues all day with speeches given by politicians, civil servants, and military leaders. There are also cultural events, parades, and special events held all day long. It’s also a day that concludes with a special fireworks display all across the country.