Jordan Independence Day 2023

Flag of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan – Facebook

May 25 is Jordan Independence Day. It’s the “most important event in the history of the country”. The date marks Jordan’s independence from the British government in 1946, and the country gaining “full autonomy” in 1948.

Jordan Independence Day – Jordan Vista
Abdullah I bin Al-Hussein

Jordan gained sovereignty during the reign of the Emir, King Abdullah I bin Al-Hussein, who established a Jordanian state – Emirate of Transjordan – in 1921. Under Abdullah’s leadership, Jordan became fully independent and was formally recognized as The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

Emirate of Transjordan 1921-1946 – Quora

After 1918 at the end of World War I, the “Hashemite Army of the Great Arab Revolt took over the rule of present-day Jordan”. A revolt against the Ottoman Empire was led by Sharif Hussein bin Ali of Mecca – Emir and King of the Arabs. The effort was supported by WWI Allies, including Britain and France.

Official Emblem of the 77th Independence Day of Jordan


“In 1922, the Council of the League of Nations recognized Transjordan as a state under the terms of the Transjordan Memorandum. Transjordan remained under British mandate until 1946. Two years later after the signing of a treaty with Britain, Jordan achieved full sovereignty.”    National Today 


The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

Emir Abdullāh negotiated Jordan’s independence and a formal treaty with the British signed in 1946. Within two years, Jordan became “fully independent,” after signing a subsequent treaty with Britain removing all restrictions on sovereignty and freedom.

Jordanian Coat of Arms – Embassy of Jordan
Parliament, United Nations, Arab League

In 1952, Jordan established an autonomous constitutional monarchy with its own Parliament and a political system based on the separation of legislative, executive, and judiciary powers. In 1955, Jordan joined the United Nations and also became a full member of The Arab League.

Independence Day Festivities Amman

Jordan’s Independence Day holiday is marked with official ceremonies attended by members of the House of Hashem and civil and military officials. Celebrations include award presentations, political speeches, and diplomatic visits. There are military parades, and the Jordanian Armed Forces perform the Presentation of Colours Ceremony and a 21-gun salute. Public events include fireworks, concerts, air shows, and special religious services.

Abdullah I Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan – Britannica
History and Hashemites

During the 400 years prior to gaining independence, Jordan was ruled by the Ottoman Empire and later placed under the protection of Britain. In the late 1940s, the British government announced its intention to withdraw from the region. Recognizing Britain’s withdrawal as an opportunity to “establish an autonomous nation and gain independence,” Jordanians led by King Abdullah I, “began the journey toward self-rule“.

Jordanian Dancers – Jordan Times


“On 25 May 1946, the Jordanian Parliament unanimously ratified a new constitution, establishing Jordan as an autonomous constitutional monarchy. The UK officially recognized the country’s independence on 22 May 1947.”


His Majesty King Abdullah II – Politics-dz

Since the Great Arab Revolt of 1921, the Hashemites have ruled Jordan. I’m educating myself and gaining a better understanding of interesting Jordanian political and geographical history – it’s complicated. The royal Hashemite lineage is as follows:

His Majesty King Al Hussein – The Jordan Times


“On Friday, July 20, 1951, King Abdullah I was murdered by a lone assailant, as he entered Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem with his young grandson, Prince Hussein. The killer also fired a shot at the Prince, but the bullet ricocheted off a medal on his chest. In his autobiography, Uneasy Lies the Head, King Hussein wrote about the experience.”


Fireworks and Sand Storms

A quiet day in Amman will be followed by several boisterous evenings of lively Independence Day celebrations. On this festive occasion, I’m looking forward to watching the night sky explode with fireworks. Weather has been warm, with a sandy desert haze hanging in the air.

Royal Jordanian Falcons Independence Day Show – Roya News

Khamaseen winds brought hot days and dust storms to Amman. A weather depression centered between the Palestinian coast and northern Egypt is said to be causing the disturbance. Air quality is terrible, ferocious winds come and go, and atmospheric conditions – reminiscent of a mix of fog and volcanic ash – are creating low visibility on the roads.

Sand Storm – Arabia Weather

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