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National traditions of Jordan. Habits, mentality and the way of living

Jordan is a unique country in terms of traditions and mentality. All key events described in the Bible took place in the territory of Jordan. According to the sacred books, this is where Sodom and Gomorrah were located. These two cities were destroyed because of the sins committed by residents. This is also the place where Moses obtained the Tablets of the Law from God. That being said, this is just a short description, and you will find out all amazing and exciting details during one of the numerous excursions in Jordan.
The territory of Jordan is home to tenths of thousands of historic monuments, great sanctuaries and pilgrim places. The city of Amman is both cultural …
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The Jordan River has an important role in the country’s cultural heritage. As many important events in Christianity happened in this region, the river attracts numerous pilgrims. This is where John baptized Jesus Christ, so many modern travelers and pilgrims come to the River Jordan to participate in the baptizing ceremony. This place emits the atmosphere of holiness, sacredness, and purity. The ritual is not free, and visitors need to respect some traditions of baptizing. For example, besides faith, visitors need to purchase a special outfit for baptistery that has a white shirt as the main element. According to local traditions, it is prohibited to throw away or even wash the shirt. It should be passed to children.
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. Copyright
Jordanian cuisine has much in common with cuisines of other Arabian countries. However, it has unique dishes and traditions. Interestingly, tourists …
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Local hospitality is expressed in invitations to visit home, and it doesn’t matter if the invited person is almost a stranger. Tourists can receive invitations to drink tea even in shops – it is absolutely normal! The Jordanians greet each other and make farewells with a handshake. They use only the right hand for all gestures because the left hand is considered impure. It is also virtually impossible to see a local person eating with the left hand. The country’s mentality approves of speaking the Arabian language only. Because of this peculiarity, it is always a good idea to take a phrase book and learn several phrases. Greetings, goodbye words, and expressions of gratitude in Arabian – these are enough to make the Jordanians pleased, and it doesn’t matter if tourists have a wrong pronunciation.
An attempt to speak to the wife of a Jordanian man or asking questions to her is offensive and insulting in the country. For female travelers, it is a good idea to prepare modest clothing for their travel to Jordan. Clothing must cover the whole body. It is better to leave mini dresses and shorts at home – such clothing is considered vulgar in Jordan. Consider covering hair with a scarf when going outside because all Jordanian women wear hijabs. Couples shouldn’t express their feelings in public places. Hugging and kissing are prohibited.
Naturally, the majority of landmarks in Jordan are located in Amman or neighboring areas. Amman Citadel is one of the key landmarks in the city. It is …
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In order not to face potential problems and get into a conflict with local people, do not try to take pictures of a Jordanian person secretly. It is better to approach that person and ask to take a picture. If he rejects, apologize politely and do not insist. Travelers need to understand and respect local traditions regarding Jordanian women. If a Jordanian woman doesn’t show any reaction when a tourist is taking pictures of her, this doesn’t mean that her husband agrees with such a photo-shoot. Taking photographs of local women can be considered a crime, and the photographer will head to a police station for investigation.
Bargaining is widely adopted in Jordan. Women are luckier here because they can expect not only bigger discounts but also small gifts with purchase. That being said, the final price is usually the fair price of the chosen items. Tourists, who don’t plan to make any purchases, shouldn’t ask prices and other details. Otherwise, the seller will restlessly follow and ask to buy his goods.
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Unique traditions in cities of Jordan

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 … Read more

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