The National Day of Aruba is 18 March (Flag Day: autonomy within the Netherlands in 1948). A dependency of The Netherlands in the Caribbean Sea. This is also known as “Dia di Himno y Bandera” (Day of the Anthem and Flag), is celebrated annually on the 18th March 18th. The day commemorates the adoption of the Aruban flag and anthem in 1976.
Aruba National Day
Now the country of Aruba did not gain full independence in 1948. You will note that it was not later that they got their sovereignty. Till then Aruba did achieved a certain degree of autonomy within the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
Then after World War II the Dutch government (National Day of Holland) will be decentralize power to its colonies. This also included Aruba. Then in 1947 the new constitution was introduced that granted Aruba greater autonomy and self-government. However, the island remained part of the Netherlands Antilles, a group of islands that included Curaçao, Bonaire, Saba, St. Eustatius, and St. Maarten.
Over the years, Aruba continued to push for greater autonomy and a more independent status within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. In 1986, a referendum was held in which the majority of Arubans voted in favor of separation from the Netherlands Antilles and the establishment of a separate status within the Kingdom.
In 1987, Aruba became an autonomous country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands, with its own government, flag, and national anthem. While it is not fully independent, Aruba has significant control over its own affairs and is responsible for managing many of its own internal affairs, including education, health care, and tourism.
Public Holidays in Aruba
Here are the public holidays observed in Aruba:
- New Year’s Day – January 1
- National Anthem and Flag Day – March 18
- Good Friday – varies (usually in March or April)
- Easter Sunday – varies (usually in March or April)
- Labor Day – May 1
- Ascension Day – varies (usually in May)
- Memorial Day – May 30
- King’s Day – April 27
- Christmas Day – December 25
- Boxing Day – December 26
In addition to these holidays, there are also some regional and local public holidays. You can also see the National Day of Antigua and Barbuda.