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Aruba celebrates the birthday of statesman Betico Croes as an official national holiday on January 25.
Aruba pays tribute to its greatest statesman on his birthday on January 25 by celebrating the national holiday known as "Betico Croes Day".
The late Gilberto Francois “Betico” Croes (January 25th 1938 - November 25 1986), a charismatic political activist and former school teacher, helped Aruba obtain its “Status Aparte” (separate status) within the Dutch Kingdom, which eventually transpired in 1986. From then on Aruba became an autonomous member of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
This official national holiday celebration in Aruba features various sporting events, an island-wide Harley Davidson bike tour event, culinary festivals, folkloric shows and popular games throughout the island.
Bear in mind:
As Betico Croes Day is an official Aruban holiday, you can expect shops, petrol stations and supermarkets to close early or remain closed the entire day.