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Jordan 2011 Eid al-Adha Public Holidays Announced

Source: Jordan News Agency Petra (Amman)
Posted: Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Most recent follow-up news item: September 14, 2015

Jordan's Prime Minister, Awn Khasawneh, has issued a communiqué declaring a period of non-working public holidays from Saturday, November 5, to Friday, November 11, 2011, for all ministries and public institutions, on account of the upcoming Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice).

The aforementioned represents a 1-day change of the Eid Al-Adha public holidays, as compared to the earlier official government decree (2007-02-16), which was meant to lock-in the official public holidays in Jordan, for the period of 2007-2011, although last-minute changes to that forecast have been frequent (2009-11-19, 2009-09-10 and 2009-05-15).

One interesting aspect of today's communiqué is that it states that the additional Eid al-Adha non-working public holiday on Thursday, November 10, 2011, is to be compensated by Saturday, November 12, 2011, being declared as a regular working day. Although such a shifting of workdays to the weekend is common in Central Asia and in China, it is extremely rare in the Middle East.

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