Curaçao is a Dutch Caribbean Island that is home to approximately 155,000+ people and is well known for its hidden beaches and coral reefs. It’s a country that became a country within the larger Dutch Kingdom on October 10th, 2010. That special day is now commemorated with a holiday that’s aptly known as Curaçao Day.
This day replaced the previous Curaçao Holiday that was celebrated on the 26th of July every year and commemorated the arrival of de Ojeda and Vespucci during the end of the 19th century. This holiday, however, celebrates the dissolution of the Netherlands Antilles and is observed annually on October 10th.
The History Of Curaçao Day
European forces first came into contact with Curaçao during the end of the 15th century when Alonso de Ojeda and Amerigo Vespucci first visited the island. The Spanish would use the Portuguese spelling of the word heart, “Corazon” to name the island but they decided not to establish a colony because they felt that the island lacked natural resources that they could exploit.
The Dutch West India Company would claim the island in 1634, however, and they would found the capital city of the island, Willemstad. The natural harbor of this city made it an important strategic location for the slave trade, for piracy, and for trade.
During the 18th and 19th centuries, the islands would change hands between the Dutch, the French, and the British, but in 1815, Dutch control was reestablished. In 1954, Curaçao would be rolled into the Netherland Antilles. This was an attempt to consolidate several dutch colonies into one country. However, most citizens weren’t enthusiastic about this new country and that is when the dissolution of this country occurred on October 10th, 2010. This is the date that Curaçao Day is observed.
Observing Curaçao Day
This holiday is observed with special festivals, parades, musical events, and other celebrations. It’s a day off for the general public, so people use the day to feast with their families or to attend to other things that they want to attend.