Courtesy of the Morning News
Over the past ten years, rotundas have been the solution of choice for easing the flow of traffic at some of Aruba’s busiest intersections, and, as an added value, they provide excellent locations for end-of-the-year holiday decorations!
On Tuesday evening, November 5, islanders enjoyed the official opening of the season with the lighting of the fantasy array at the rotunda at the main Tanki Flip intersection. Colorful sculptures out of lights depict an old style cunucu house and windmill, inspired historic island culture and life.
The official opening included popular local holiday customs, such as a performance by one of the island’s gaita groups. Consisting of girl singers only, the tradition originated in the Zulia province of Venezuela, where lyrics were often topical and political. The lively music is one of the most beloved aspects of the holiday season on Aruba.
Technicians are busy preparing the island’s other rotundas with enchanting, whimsical holiday displays. A number of schools are also encouraged to participate. Since last year, many traffic circles sported their efforts made of recycled materials.
November and December means end of the year holiday cheer, and Aruba enjoys it even though we have sunny skies all no matter the season. The nights, however, belong to the joyous traditional of creative Christmas lights!