Independence Day in Jordan Date in the current year: May 25, 2016

Independence Day in Jordan Jordan celebrates its Independence Day on May 25. On this day in 1946 it became an independent sovereign state, following the end of the League of Nations mandate.

The historical name of the region where present-day Jordan is situated is Transjordan. It was controlled by numerous powers throughout the history, including (but not limited to) Persians, Macedonian Greeks, the Selecid Empire, several Islamic caliphates.

Finally, in the early 16th century Transjordan became part of the Ottoman Empire. The Ottoman rule lasted for four centuries. After the First World War and dissolution of the Empire, the Emirate of Transjordan was created.

The Emirate was not an independent state, but a British protectorate. Despite officially being under the British Mandate for Palestine, Transjordan had full autonomy from the rest of Mandatory Palestine.

On May 25, 1946, the end of the British Mandate over Transjordan was approved by the UN. Transjordan became an independent sovereign state as the Hashemite Kingdom of Transjordan. In 1948, it was renamed the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

Jordan Independence Day one of the country's few secular public holidays. It is usually marked parades, ceremonies, speeches, and other festive events and activities.

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