This is a national holiday and most stores and restaurants close on official holidays. Those in the hotel areas may remain open for part of or the whole day but this varies from business to business.
Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent and happens forty days before Easter, excluding Sundays. Its name comes from the custom of placing ashes on the foreheads of the faithful as a sign of penitence.
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 end of the year in 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.
One of the most important holiday seasons on Aruba.