Yellow is the color of abundance and the horizontal lines represent abundance of solidarity. They also represent Aruba’s economy past and present. Aruba’s main past industries consisted of Gold and Aloë Vera and present main income comes from tourism. Yellow also stands for the local flora that blossom yellow flowers like: “Kibrahacha” Tabebuia billbergii, “Palo di Brazil” Haematoxylon brasiletto, “Bonchi di Strena” Parkinsonia aculeata, “Curahout” Peltophorum acutifolium, “Tuturutu” Yellow Dwarf Poincianas, Caesalpinia pulcherrima and “Wanglo” Puncture vine Tribulus cistoides. The horizontal yellow stripes symbolizes Aruba’s freedom and separate position it has within the Kingdom of the Netherlands since 1 January 1986.
White stands for peace and symbolizes the as well as the purity of the hearts of Aruban people who strive for justice, order and liberty.
The red star represents the four points of the compass and symbolizes the different origins of the Aruban population that attracted people from all over the world. It also stands for Aruba itself surrounded by the beautiful blue sea and ancient industry of “Palo di Brazil” Haematoxylon brasiletto. Red signifies love and also as a homage for the indigenous Arubans, that died at Frenchman’s Pass during a confrontation with the French for the liberty of the island.