The flag of Aruba was officially adopted on March 18, 1976, along with the official anthem "Aruba Dushi Tera". The four colors each have significance. The blue represents the sea that surrounds Aruba; yellow is the color of abundance, representing the island's past and its industries of gold, aloe and oil; red is for the love each Aruban has for the country and the ancient industry of Brazilwood; and white symbolizes the snow-white beaches as well as the purity of the hearts of Aruba's people who strive for justice, order and liberty.
The symbols on the flag of Aruba consist of a red star and two yellow stripes. The red star represents the four points of the compass, with the island having drawn people from around the world. The star also represents the island itself, surrounded by the beautiful blue sea. The horizontal yellow stripes denote the free and separate position Aruba enjoys in the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
We celebrate all that, and the flag of Aruba and anthem have come to signify with the national holiday of Flag and Anthem Day each March 18, the same day that in 1986, Holland accepted Aruba’s right to autonomous status in the Kingdom of the Netherlands.