Jordanian Culture

Jordan is about the same size as the state of Maine. Archeological evidence indicates that the area of Jordan was occupied by settlers as early as 7000 BC, which makes it home to captivating historical and biblical sites. Jordan offers a variety of wonders, from vast desert, to the Dead Sea, to the ancient city of Petra.

Jordanians typically respect those who are kind, friendly, and hospitable. They are generally socially conservative; family values and honor are fiercely protected. Jordanians are proud of their rich cultural heritage.

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Jordanian People and Community

These young Jordanian visitors have come to see the Dar As-Saraya Museum in Irbid.

Family is at the center of Jordanian society. Larger families are traditionally desired by most. Urban families tend to limit the number of children to three while rural families tend to have more. Fathers serve as head of the family and are expected to support it financially. Mothers oversee child rearing and housework. Young women have chores and responsibilities around the home while young men do not, generally. Unmarried children continue to live with their parents. Adult children, generally the eldest son or daughter, are expected to care for their parents as they age.

Language and Communication Styles

Arabic is Jordan’s official language.

Food in Jordan

Mansaf is considered Jordan’s national dish, which consists of lamb stewed in a jameed (yogurt sauce) and rice, topped with nuts, more jameed, and a flat bread called shrak. Jordanians often eat hummus (a dip made of chickpeas) with fava beans and falafel (fried balls of crushed chickpeas mixed with oil and spices). Bread is dipped into zayt (olive oil) and za’atar (Middle Eastern herb, similar to oregano and thyme, mixed with sesame seeds and other spices). Lamb and chicken are the most commonly eaten meats.