Flag Day in Curacao

Curaçao is an island country located in the southern Caribbean Sea, about 40 miles north of the coast of Venezuela. This constituent country of the Netherlands has a flag that was designed by Martin Den Dulk and adopted on July 2, 1984. That’s why Flag Day is observed on this day every year in the country.

The Curaçao flag is blue with white stars and a yellow stripe through it. The blue symbolizes the sea, the two stars represent the islands of Curaçao and Klein Curaçao, and the yellow stripe symbolizes the sunshine that bathes the island.

The History Of Flag Day In Curaçao

Originally, the Arawak Amerindians were the first to settle Curaçao, but they were shipped to other colonies when the Spanish took control of the islands in the 15th century. During the 17th century, the Dutch ended up occupying the island and using it as a port for trade.

At the beginning of the 20th century, oil was discovered on the island, and it began to experience an economic boom. After WWII, there was a call on the island for independence, which it did not achieve. However, what it did achieve was its own autonomy within the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

In 1984, Martin Den Dulk designed the Flag of Curaçao, and it was officially adopted on July 2, 1984. The holiday celebrating this event was created shortly thereafter to celebrate the country’s flag and what it symbolizes to the residents of Curaçao.

Observing Flag Day In Curaçao

This holiday is observed with ceremonies celebrating the flag. These include flag-raising ceremonies, the singing of the Anthem of Flag Day in Curaçao, and other special events. This is a public holiday as well, so government offices and most businesses are closed for the day. On social media, the hashtag #FlagDayCuracao is used to spread the word about this holiday.

Where is it celebrated?
Curacao (Public holiday)
When is it?
This year (2024)
July 2 Tuesday
Next year (2025)
July 2 Wednesday
Last year (2023)
July 2 Sunday