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Aruba Performing Arts

Dera Gai (St. John's Day)

  • Festivals

Updated 07/22/2015

Fodor's Review

The annual harvest feast and "burying of the rooster" (dera gai) tradition is celebrated June 24 (the feast of St. John the Baptist). Festive songs, bright yellow-and-red costumes, and traditional dances mark this holiday dating from 1862. Today, the live rooster—which symbolizes a successful harvest—has been replaced by a plastic one. You will also notice smoke all around the island from the ceremonial bonfires traditionally lighted that day.

Performing Art Information

Updated 07/22/2015


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