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Aruba's national flag (
The four colors and symbols each have significance:
- Light Blue signifies the sea that's surrounding the island of Aruba. The specific background color is the blue code PMS 279 C also known as the Larkspur blue.
- Yellow is the color of abundance and the horizontal lines represent abundance of solidarity. They also represent Aruba's economy past and present. Aruba's main past industries consisted of Gold and Aloë Vera and present main income comes from tourism. Yellow also stands for the local flora that blossom yellow flowers like: “Kibrahacha” Tabebuia billbergii, “Palo di Brazil" Haematoxylon brasiletto, “Bonchi di Strena” Parkinsonia aculeata, “Curahout” Peltophorum acutifolium, “Tuturutu” Yellow Dwarf Poincianas, Caesalpinia pulcherrima and “Wanglo” Puncture vine Tribulus cistoides. The horizontal yellow stripes symbolizes Aruba's freedom and separate position it has within the Kingdom of the Netherlands since 1 January 1986.
- White stands for peace and symbolizes the beaches as well as the purity of the hearts of Aruban people who strive for justice, order and liberty.
- The red star represents the four points of the compass and symbolizes the different origins of the Aruban population that attracted people from all over the world. It also stands for Aruba itself surrounded by the beautiful blue sea and ancient industry of "Palo di Brazil" Haematoxylon brasiletto. Red signifies love and also as a homage for the indigenous Arubans, that died at Frenchman's pass during a confrontation with the French for the liberty of the island. Red is the Union Jack Red.
March 18 is a public holiday in Aruba, known as National Anthem and Flag Day, and is celebrated through local events across the island. It is also considered the day the Kingdom of the Netherlands accepted Aruba's right to an autonomous status.
There is also a standard for use by the Governor of Aruba in his capacity as representative of the Monarch of the Netherlands. It consists of a white field, with the flag of the Netherlands striped across both the top and the bottom, and a circular version of the flag of Aruba in the centre.
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