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Holidays & Observances in Aruba

Aruba is a Caribbean island off the coast of Venezuela. It is an autonomous state of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and has its own constitution, but still falls under the Netherlands’ jurisdiction. It is a multicultural country with several different languages and religions, though the official language is Dutch and the predominant religion is Roman Catholicism. Many people in Aruba and surrounding islands still practice a religion called Santeria, which developed during the slave era as a mix of Catholicism and traditional African religions. Because of its association with the Netherlands, Aruba celebrates many of the same holidays including St. Nicolas’s Day, and Queen’s Day. Holidays are celebrated enthusiastically with food, family, and often gift giving.

Upcoming Popular Holidays

Country Observances

Holiday Date Country Holiday Observance Type Religion/Belief
Christmas Public, Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Christianity
Boxing Day Public, Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Boxing Day - St. Stephen's Day Religious/Beliefs Christianity
New Year's Eve Popular & Widely Observed
New Year's Day Public
Betico Croes' Birthday Public
Mardi Gras - Shrove Tuesday / Fat Tuesday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
National Anthem and Flag Day Public
Good Friday Public, Religious/Beliefs
Easter Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Christianity
Easter Monday Public, Religious/Beliefs
King's Day (Koningsdag) Public
Labour Day / May Day Public, Popular & Widely Observed
Labor Day Public
Ascension Day Public, Religious/Beliefs Christianity