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The culture of Aruba is as one would expect, laid back and relaxing, true island life. But the original culture of Aruba dates back to 1000 A.D. when the Caiquetios Indians of the Arawak tribe inhabited the island. Their drawings are still visible on some of the limestone caves in Aruba.
European culture was added to the mix in the l499 when the Spaniards claimed the island for themselves but was later switched to Dutch occupancy in 1636. Today the island still is a part of the Netherlands and the official language is Dutch although most people speak fluent English. The 88,000 some inhabitants of Aruba today are a melting pot of the original Indian people, Spanish, Dutch and other.
Arubans are a celebratory people and there are many festivals representing their culture. An original to Aruba is Dia Di San Juan which began an Arawak harvest festival working in conjunction with Spanish missionaries. They celebrate this day by singing and dancing. Equally important however, is Carnival or "Bacchanal", a colorful celebration of food and wine.
The major religion of Aruba is Roman Catholic, a byproduct of the European take-over. However remnants of the "brua" religion can still be found in practice; nothing to do with witchcraft, the religion unfortunately is labeled as such from those who are not educated on its founding.
Overall Aruba's culture is an island culture; one that loves food, nature, and life!