Awareness: Independence Day of Jordan today

Today is the Independence Day of Jordan which commemorates the establishment of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan by King Abdullah I. During Jordan's Independence Day, universities and other educational institutions hold special seminars and conferences on various topics related to the celebration.

Churches hold special services to honor the occasion. Because freedom of religion is widely respected in Jordan, His Majesty, King Abdullah II, is always represented in a mass service by the Greek Orthodox Church during a special holiday mass. A grand fireworks display is usually conducted at night.

Jordan is bordered to the east and south-east by Saudi Arabia, to the northeast by Iraq, to the north by Syria, and to the west by the West Bank and Israel. Amman is the country's capital. As of July 2012, the population of Jordan was around 6.5 million.

Jordan has a well-developed banking sector which was the result of the liberal economic policies of King Abdullah II when he ascended the throne in 1999. Annual growth rate in the country is around 7%. Tourism is also a good economic contributor, earning around one billion dollars in revenues a year. Other economic mainstays are the pharmaceutical and real estate industries.

We congratulate the people and government of Jordan led by Their Majesties, King Abdullah II and Queen Rania, His Excellency. Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour, and Foreign Affairs Minister Nasser Judeh, and its Consulate in the Philippines headed by Consul Michael Alexander M. Ang, on the occasion of its Independence Day. CONGRATULATIONS AND MABUHAY!

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