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Aruba’s national flag was officially adopted on March 18, 1976, along with the official anthem "Aruba Dushi Tera".
Each of the four colours of the flag of Aruba has significance.
The Blue represents the sea that surrounds Aruba;
Yellow is the colour of abundance, representing the island's past and its industries of gold, aloe and oil;
Red is for the love each Aruban has for the country and the ancient Brazilwood industry;
and White symbolises the snow-white beaches as well as the purity of the hearts of Aruba's people, who strive for justice, order and liberty.
The symbols on the flag of Aruba consist of a red star and two yellow stripes. The red star represents the four points of the compass, with the island having drawn people from around the world. The star also represents the island itself, surrounded by the beautiful blue sea. The horizontal yellow stripes denote the free and separate position Aruba enjoys within the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
We celebrate all this and what the flag and anthem of Aruba represent with the national holiday of Flag and Anthem Day every March 18. On the same day in 1986, Holland accepted Aruba’s right to autonomous status within the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
Aruba’s Flag and Anthem Day is a holiday to commemorate our journey as a nation and everything the Aruban flag represents. It is also a day to enjoy great local food and fun traditional activities with friends and family. If you’re in Aruba on March 18, be sure to check out the many cultural events taking place.
Learn a bit about Aruba’s past and how it has shaped the unique island we know today.
Our friendly Aruban people and our penchant for hospitality play a key role in bringing visitors back to Aruba year after year.
Most Arubans are Catholic; however, there are many other religions harmoniously coexisting here.
With its contagious music and electrifying vibe, Carnival is Aruba’s biggest party of the year —and you’re invited!