ARUBA – National flags are not just symbols of a country. Their colors and designs reflect past history and future goals. The country of Aruba will host its 36th annual Flag Day on March 18, the same way they have since their flag and national anthem were first presented in 1976.
“Our flag speaks to people and it carries very powerful connotations of our past,” said Matthew Smillie, owner of Aruba Villa Vacation Homes, which offers Aruba beach villa and beach houses for rent. “It took a long time for the country to become what it is today, which is why we celebrate this day in such a big way.”
Each color of the Aruba flag has significance – bunting yellow is the color of abundance, representing the island’s past and present industries of gold aloe and oil; larkspur blue represents the sea that surrounds the island; red is the love each Aruban has for his or her country and the ancient industry of Brazil wood; white symbolizes the snow white beaches as well as the purity in the hearts of Aruba’s people who strive for justice, order and liberty.
The two yellow stripes denote the free and separate position that Aruba enjoys in the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the star, which stands alone, represents the island surrounded by the sea.
Flag and Anthem Day is held each year on the Plaza Betico Croes in Oranjested. Nationalist exhibits, folkloric presentations, sporting events and games for the whole family as well as firework displays will take place on the streets.
“Every country celebrates their Flag Day differently, but a lot of people enjoy coming to Aruba and booking an Aruba beach villa to experience how we Arubans do it,” said the accommodation expert. “You really get a great understanding of our history and culture and listening to the prime minster speak is always enlightening and brings us, as a country, closer together.”
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