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Flag of Aruba

Aruba
Ratio 2:3
Adoption 1976
Design The design consists of a field of light blue, two narrow parallel horizontal yellow stripes in the bottom half, and a four-pointed white-fimbriated red star in the canton. [0]
Colors
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History

Aruba's national flag was adopted on March 18, 1976. [0]

Meaning

The blue field represents the sky, the sea, peace, hope, Aruba's future and its ties to the past. The two narrow stripes "suggest the movement toward status aparte". The other "industry, all the minerals (gold and phosphates in the past, petroleum in the early 20th century)". [1] In addition to sun, gold, and abundance, the yellow is also said to represent wanglo flowers.

The star has particularly complex symbolism. It is vexillologically unusual in having four points, representing the four cardinal directions. These refer in turn to the many countries of origin of the people of Aruba. The star also represents the island itself: a land of often red soil bordered by white beaches in a blue sea. The red colour also represents blood shed by Arubans, the Indian inhabitants, during the French pass war; patriotic love. The white also represents purity, honesty and the white beaches of Aruba. [0]