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Rhythm A Day Blog for March 18, 2020: Flag Day, Aruba

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Flag Day, Aruba

Aruba is a Caribbean island, and is a cultural melting pot born of all the peoples who have lived there: indigenous Arawak peoples of South America, descendants of African slaves, and both Spanish and Dutch colonialists.

Aruba was claimed by the Spanish in 1499; in 1636 (after the 80 Years War between Spain and the Netherlands) the Spanish handed over the island to the Dutch. (The English held Aruba for a brief period, but it quickly returned to Dutch rule). On March 18, 1948, the Aruban politician Shon A. Eman first proposed Aruba's separation from the Netherlands Antilles; In 1976, twenty-eight years later to the day, political leader Betico Croes declared the first Flag & Anthem Day.

The Aruban Flag (Public Domain)

Color and music play an important role in the majority of Aruban cultural events! On Flad Day there are parades, lots of extremely diverse culinary celebrations, and many musical cultural events.

Aruban Flag Day Parade

The Carrubian Festival occurs close to Flag day every year; we are going to play some Processional rhythms from this event, including aMad Phatt Tight Call and Response sequence!

Today's Vlog Lesson

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