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    Easter Camping 2020. Semana Santa 2020

    I post Marilyn's short essay on Easter camping every year.
    This year, it is with sadness.

    Yes, it is Holy Week.
    And sadly, the Arubans are losing one of their most wonderful activities/traditions.

    Wishing all Arubans well.
    We'll see you soon.


    Easter Semana Santa on Aruba Aruba's Camping Tradition

    Semana Santa Holy Week Activities for Aruba residents

    Holy week on Aruba for the Arubans is very family oriented.
    Lots of Aruban family camping, fun, sports, card games, entertainment!


    Aruba's Camping Tradition by Marilyn Feliciana of the ATA

    Aruba's Easter Camping Tradition

    Many of our visitors during the Easter and Passover holidays are quite surprised when they stroll our beaches and discover villages of tents springing up along the shore. The tradition follows the period of Lent (known as Cuaresma to our predominantly Catholic island), specifically during the week before and after Semana Santa (Easter).
    Much like “spring break” vacation in the United States, Semana Santa is a time for families to enjoy a reprieve from work and school, and as with most occasions on the island, Arubans are extremely family-oriented, choosing to spend their free time together. The community, in general, is close-knit and Semana Santa is no exception, with large groups of extended family and friends coordinating their camping sites together. Many of these families have been frequenting the same camping area for decades. In fact, the tradition began before even the first hotels sprung up, with locals observing this Holy time in the peaceful setting of nature.
    Today, the tradition carries on, organized and monitored by the government, with families obtaining permits in officially designated areas. During camping season, activities like volleyball, beach tennis, soccer, and even live bands are enjoyed.




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    I have been on the beach a couple times with 2 different local families through the years during the Easter celebration and wow do they know how to "camp" Some of the setups on the beach were amazing and to see all the families celebrate made me smile....

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    In the past we have been there and it is a wonderful site to see. Some people have very elaborate set ups, but other just have tents.

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    I have been on the island when they camp on the beach, families get together, generators running, everybody is partying, enjoying life!!!!
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    Does anyone have any pictures from last year's that you could post? Would love to see what it looks like!


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    I am sure that I have photos, I just don't know where

    here is a link of some photos!
    https://wheninaruba.com/blog/arubas-...ing-tradition/

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    Does anyone have any pictures from last year's that you could post? Would love to see what it looks like!
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