The Dera Gai Harvest Festival in Aruba is a cultural celebration featuring traditional song and dance.
The symbol of the rooster and bright yellow & red costumes are central to events held at various locations in Aruba, including community centers.
Every year on June 24th (the nativity of St John the Babtist) huge bonfires are burned all across the island to herald the arrival of the folkloric Dera Gai Festival.
In line with this Dera Gai tradition local residents take advantage of this cultural celebration to burn their garden waste, covering the island in layers of smoke. Don't be alarmed should you encounter a small fire on your way on June 24th. Remember its all part of this traditional celebration in Aruba.