In Aruba, the List of the Best Events in 2015 Includes the Upcoming Carnival
It’s Carnival time!
The biggest event in Aruba’s calendar is underway, with the colour and rhythm of Carnival in full swing. The most spectacular party of the year, the 61st Carnival, got underway this month (January) and will reach a crescendo on February 15 with a Grand Parade in island capital Oranjestad.
This month-long celebration consists of ‘jump-ups’ (street parties), amazing parades and musical events. Dazzling costumes and foot-stomping music play a central role in events, ranging from the election of the Carnival Queen to the grand parades, which wind their noisy and tuneful way through the streets of Oranjestad and second city San Nicolas.
Carnival also includes competitions between participants – great fun for the audiences. These include contests for road marches and calypsos and best ‘tumba’ song of the season. Tumba is a Latin music genre of the Netherlands Antilles islands, Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao, where unlike calypso and road march songs, tumbas are played year-round.
Aruba’s 61st Carnival Celebration
Aruba’s biggest party of the year is a month-long celebration consisting of festive jump-ups (street parties), spectacular parades and musical events. The culmination is the Grand Parade in Oranjestad on February 15.
Betico Croes Day
25 January 2015
Aruba pays tribute to its greatest statesman on his birthday. The late politician helped Aruba gain its separate status within the Dutch Kingdom and this official holiday features various cultural and sporting events.
18 February 2015
This key date in the Christian calendar is prominently marked at the many Catholic churches in Aruba and is the start of Lent. It also represents the end of the carnival season.
30th Aruba International Half Marathon
15 March 2015
International competitors take part in Aruba’s longest road race, covering the length of the island from San Nicolas to Oranjestad. The race begins at 05.00
National Anthem and Flag Day
18 March 2015
A strong sense of national pride as Arubans celebrate their separate status within the Dutch Kingdom and their Flag and Anthem Day. The official holiday features many cultural events and local gastronomy is showcased. Sporting events and organised games for adults and children around the island
April 22 2015
The first Earth Day in 1970 activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. In Aruba many resorts and businesses celebrate Earth Day with interactive events and activities to promote awareness.
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