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Aruba celebrates the birthday of statesman Betico Croes, as an official national holiday on January 25th
Aruba pays tribute to its greatest statesman on his birthday on January 25th by celebrating the national holiday called "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 occurred 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 event Harley Davidson bike tour, culinary festivals, folkloric shows and popular games throughout the island.
Keep in mind:
As Betico Croes Day is an official Aruban holiday, you can expect shops, gasoline stations, supermarkets to close early or stay closed the entire day.