January 1, 2018
Aruba welcomes the New Year with music and an island-wide display of fireworks. After the last flash of fireworks and the pop of the champagne cork, troupes of traveling musicians known as “Dande” brighten the New Year with song, bestowing blessings of goodwill and prosperity. Aruba’s joyous holiday atmosphere pervades varied events, from casual gatherings to grand-scale receptions at island resorts.
A great New Year’s tradition to pick up during your stay in Aruba is the popular “Nieuwjaarsduik” or New Year’s Plunge at MooMba Beach. It is a simple concept. Every year on January first, young and old gather on the beach, take part in a Zumba class to loosen the muscles and run into the turquoise waters to take a plunge at 12 pm! After, participants gather to enjoy a hearty bowl of pea soup and sausage. The Nieuwjaarsduik is a great way to ring in the New Year.