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Colors of Amman - traditions, festivals, mentality and lifestyle

Residents of Amman are very welcoming and friendly. They follow various interesting customs, many of which have religious significance. For example, the left hand is considered "unclean", so most of actions are made with the right hand only. You should use your right hand to shake hands with men; while visiting shops and markets do not forget to give money and take the product only with your right hand. Many Europeans say that the locals spend much time greeting each other. According to the local etiquette rules, before asking someone for help or offering something to him, you should definitely ask several questions about his health and the health of his family. The question "Keef halak?" (How are you?) is considered a traditional one. The question should be regarded not as an expression of curiosity, but as a polite greeting.
Amman has a decent selection of hotels for those who appreciate traditions of the past years. A striking example of this category is Hisham Hotel. It occupies a gorgeous historic building … Open
The only taboo subject for the local men are their wives. In no way they can be discussed in a large company. Any significant events in their lives should also not be disclosed. Local men protect their wives not only from prying eyes, but also from the unnecessary talks - this is the local custom. However, the children of the local people are a popular theme – the locals are ready to talk endlessly about them, because they are considered the pride of a large family, the birth of children is one of the most joyful and long-awaited events.
According to one more ancient religious custom, the locals cannot store images of people, including either photographs or paintings. This is the reason why they do not like to be photographed. If someone from the local people gets "in frame" of a photographer, he/she will certainly have to ask a permission to make a photograph. Do not forget to be very careful while selecting clothing for your trip. Women are not supposed to wear revealing and tight clothes. Tourists should not appear on the streets of the city wearing too eye catching clothes. The birthday of the Prophet Mohammed remains one of the major religious holidays. Most of the holidays are celebrated in accordance with the lunar calendar, so the dates of holidays are subject to change every year. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
One of the best places for unforgettable romantic vacations in Amman is luxury Le Meridien Amman Hotel. You can arrange wonderful celebrations in one of its 8 restaurants with rich interior; … Open
The cultural life of Amman, at the dawn of the 21st century, can boast with rapidly expanding cultural borders. Annually, from March to April, Amman hosts the International Theater Festival. This festival is a landmark event for the entire cultural life of Jordan, which attracts artists from the Middle East and the number of Western countries, like Italy and France. The International Theater Festival is also a unique event that has no analogs in the Middle East. A cultural program is diverse and even a usual tourist will find interesting entertainments here. All the performances are held in English and Arabic languages.
People of Fans of music come to the capital of Jordan in summer, when from June to August the Amman Music Festival takes place. This annual event gathers the best musicians and performers from all over Jordan and neighboring countries. This holiday is an excellent occasion to get acquainted with the original music of the East. People of Amman are also fond of sports activities and every April organize the Dead Sea Ultra Marathon. This event is a hard test of endurance and professionalism that every sportsman wants to prove. The marathon starts in the vicinity of Amman, at the altitude of 900 meters. The program consists of three stages: a half-marathon, a distance of 21 kilometers, a standard marathon - 42 kilometers, and a super marathon, during which athletes have to overcome 50 kilometers. In the super marathon, the finish is 400 meters below sea level. In addition, participants flee mainly along the hot Jordanian desert.
Safeway trading center is one of the most popular shopping places in Amman. It features dozens of clothing and footwear stores. You can buy elegant evening dresses, business and designer … Open
Probably the most interesting national holiday is the Arbor Day, which is celebrated on January 15. The tradition to celebrate the holiday of nature appeared in 1939. People of Amman plant trees in all large and small settlements for three days. Even the royal people are busy planting palms on this day. Jordanians treat palm trees with honor because according to the Koran, it was under the palm tree that the holy Virgin Mary gave birth to Jesus. But not only religious roots play a great role in this tradition. According to the Ministry of Agriculture of Jordan, only 1 percent of the country's territory is covered with trees. Due to this reason, the government is developing special programs to increase forest plantations and such a useful holiday brings significant benefits to the whole country.
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Reference information
Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas near Amman
♥   Basilica of the Agony, Jerusalem, 68.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   St. Anne’s Church, Jerusalem, 68.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all castles
Survived castles around Amman
♥   Castle 'Rabadh Castle' , 46 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Qasr Kharana' , 55.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Qasr Amra' , 63.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Shmemis' , 81 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Citadel of Bosra' , 81.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Unique landmarks in Amman and around

Temple Mount

From the series “The Surviving Artifacts of Jewish Civilization”
The history of the square base is very amazing and is inextricably linked with the name of King David. According to the legend, he bought the plot of land from the Jebusites Aravani and subsequently raised a first altar dedicated to the God of Israel. The first temple was built there already during the reign of King Solomon. It lasted for more than 400 years. Hundreds of years ago, there has been a legislative center and the Supreme Court. During hundreds of years, the sacred buildings located on the Temple Mount, were repeatedly destroyed and rebuilt. Today, it, like thousands of years ago, attracts pilgrims from all over the world. The sight features the unique atmosphere of peace and tranquility. … Read further

City of David

From the series “The Surviving Artifacts of Jewish Civilization”
The archaeological research at the site of the historic district began in the first half of the 19th century. After decades of work, researchers had discovered many unique artifacts. In the 19th century, fragments of the Siloam church, and later ancient tombs that date back to 2-3 century BC were found. Today, visitors can see the historic district with ruins of ancient palaces, admire cleaned wells and fragments of fortifications. Museums of Jerusalem store clay tablets discovered during excavations. … Read further

Al-Aqsa Mosque

From the series “Top Surviving Artifacts of Muslim Civilization”
Over the years, the oldest mosque witnessed many outstanding historical events, in 1099 the Crusaders converted it to their headquarters, and later to the church. The status of the mosque was sacred only during the reign of Salah ad-Din. The ancient mosque has a lot of amazing features, according to one of the ancient traditions, it was just the site of the mosque where the Prophet Suleiman was buried. During the reign of the Roman Empire, a real dump in was located on site of the modern mosque. It was just Caliph Umar, who ordered to clear these territories of rubbish. … Read further

National traditions of Jordan

Many travelers are worried before visiting Jordan. It is not clear why this stereotype has appeared because the Jordanians are very open-minded and hospitable people. However, a couple of short walks and excursions are enough for tourists to understand this. It is believed that the desert is the reason why people in the Middle East are so cheerful and friendly with tourists. It is prohibited to refuse to help a person who is alone in the desert – this is what local people think. … Open
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Traditions and festivals in cities around Amman

Cityguide on traditions, mentality and lifestyle of people in Amman. Learn the best periods to visit Amman to discover its soul - authentic festivals, events and celebrations. We will also reveal the interesting habits, attitude towards the world and to tourists in Amman.
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