National Anthem and Flag Day in Aruba Date in the current year: March 18, 2024

National Anthem and Flag Day in Aruba March 18 is National Anthem and Flag Day in Aruba. It is celebrated to commemorate the adoption of the national anthem and flag of Aruba in 1976. The celebration is full of different events, such as carnivals and fairs.

The national flag and anthem of Aruba were adopted on March 18, 1976. The flag consists of a blue field with two narrow parallel horizontal yellow stripes and a four-pointed red star fimbriated with white. Every element of the flag is symbolic for the country.

The blue color of the field stands for the sky and the sea, it's also the color of hope, peace, and Aruba's future. Two narrow yellow stripes suggest the movement towards “status aparte” (Aruba is part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands). The yellow color of the stripes symbolizes wanglo (Aruba's national flowers), the sun, gold, and abundance.

The most complex symbolism is that of the star. First of all, the star is unusual, because it has only four points, representing the four cardinal directions. These refer to the countries of origin of the Arubans. The star also represents the island itself, that has red soil bordered by white beaches. The white color of the fimbriation stands for purity, honesty, and white beaches. The red color of the star symbolizes the blood the Arubans shed during the French pirates' invasion in the 17th century.

The national anthem of Aruba is titled “Aruba Dushi Tera” (Aruba Sweet Land). It a waltz composed by Rufo Wever with lyrics by Juan Chabaya Lampe. It is written in Papiamento, the official language of Aruba and Curaçao.

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