Traditionally a Dutch holiday known as Saint Nicholas Day (patron saint of children), Aruba also celebrates this day, being part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
The end of the year on Aruba is full of celebrations, and there is generally a true Christmas spirit within the community. Drive around the main roads and you can enjoy the colorful lights and decorations on display.
An official holiday and a tradition kept over from colonial days. Most stores and restaurants close on official holidays, but those near the resort areas may not be affected.
The name dande comes from the Papiamento word, dandara, meaning to revel; to have a good time. Played to welcome the New Year, dande began around 1880 after King Willem II liberated the slaves.