On Sunday, September 27, the local community congregated at the third annual Fiesta di Cunucu, a collaboration between us, Aruba Aloe, Santa Rosa, Muchila creativo, Departamento di Cultura Aruba, Museo Historico, and Monuments Fund to celebrate and preserve Aruba's unique cultural heritage.
This year, Monuments Fund designated the traditional cunucu house and surrounding terrain at Amsterdamstraat 21 as the venue for the festival. The property belongs to the Stamper family, who cultivated corn and Aloe on their land for generations. For the event, the family brought in the original furniture, and event-goers could tour the house to get a taste of the past.
We, Aruba Aloe, set up an Aloe leaf-cutting presentation right next to an old Aloe oven on the property. A series of photos were on display to tell the story of the island's culture of Aloe cultivation. The Fiesta di Cunucu event was particularly special for us as we celebrate our 125th anniversary this year.
For 125 years, we have been keeping Aruba's Aloe tradition alive, harvesting Aloe plants from the same fields first planted in 1890 and processing the Aloe into some of the world's best Aloe-based beauty and health products. In honor of these 125 years, we raffled off a special gift basket, won by mrs. S. von Saalfeld. We also gave out free samples of its Lip Balm, Special Care Lotion, Luxe Foot Crème and SPF 30 Sunscreen.
Fiesta di Cunucu featured traditional music and folkloric dance performed by Gang di Arte and the Popcorn Dancers, Youth Chaz Dancers, Tipico Alegre Kadushi Largo, Tommy y su Harpa, and Sodo di Cuero. Santa Rosa offered a variety of goods, including plants and herbal remedies. A multitude of vendors sold handmade crafts and typical Aruban food, beverages, and sweets.
In conclusion, the third annual Fiesta di Cunucu was a great success, with both young and old enjoying this charming celebration of our Aruban culture.