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The National Anthem and Flag Day holiday is held each year on March 18 and celebrates Aruba's independence.
A strong sense of pride is displayed each year as Arubans celebrate their Flag and Anthem Day. On March 18, 1948, the Aruban politician Shon A. Eman presented the first formal proposal for Aruba's separation from the Netherlands Antilles. In 1976, twenty-eight years later to the day, political leader Betico Croes declared the first Flag and Anthem Day. Arubans are especially proud of their beautiful anthem, "Aruba Dushi Tera", a waltz composed by three of Aruba's celebrated artists: Juan Chabaya “Padu” Lampe, Rufo Wever and Hubert Booi. A special work of art that is dedicated to the composers of the anthem can be appreciated at Plaza Padu in Oranjestad.
This patriotic holiday is celebrated with a scout parade, a classic-car parade, sporting events, many cultural events showcasing Aruban gastronomy and games throughout the island for kids and adults.
Bear in mind:
As the National Anthem and Flag Day is an official Aruban holiday, you can expect shops, petrol stations and supermarkets to close early or remain closed the entire day.