Sunday, January 13, 2008

Aruba Pagara

New Year's in Aruba is brought in with a huge bang. There is a tradition on the island of lighting firecrackers and fireworks on New Year's Eve. The noise of the firecrackers and fireworks are thought to rid oneself of the evil spirits from the past year in order to begin the New Year anew.

The pagara, a string of Chinese firecrackers is one of the popular parts of the Aruban culture. The story has it that the longer the length of the pagara, the more successful the family or business has been in the past year. Thus the more money you have, the longer length of pagara you are able to afford to purchase.

Businesses in Aruba light the pagara at the close of their business day on December 31 and families traditionally light their's to coincide with the ending big bang going off a midnight. The most popular pagara in Aruba is the one which runs along the waterfront down LG Smith Boulevard in the afternoon on New Year's Eve.

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