Holy Month of Ramdan & Eid Al Fitr
The holy month of Ramadan falls on different dates each year.
In 2011 Ramadan begins on the 1st of August and ends on the 30th of August, it depends on the sight of the moon.
Non-Muslim tourists are not expected to fast in Jordan. Jordanians in general are tolerant of tourists eating and drinking during Ramadan, but if you want to be respectful try not to do it publicly. This applies to smoking too.
In tourist areas and bigger cities you will find some restaurants and food stores open during the day.
Business is as usual during Ramadan. Government offices, banks and tourist places like museums; archaeological sites are all opened, although they might close earlier than usual to allow staff members to go home by sunset to break the fast.
During Eid Al Fitr businesses and government offices are closed for up to 3-4 days.
The fast-breaking is called Iftar and most restaurants offer special Iftar Menus during Ramadan.