Columbus Day in the United States (USA) – What & Why

Columbus Day is a public holiday in the United States (USA)  that commemorates the voyage of Christopher Columbus to the Americas in 1492. Columbus Day, which is on  October 10, 2nd Monday of October, remembers Christopher Columbus’ arrival to the Americas on October 12, 1492. Columbus Day holiday is widely controversial because the European settlement in the Americas led to the demise of the history and culture of the indigenous peoples, The Natives. The arrival of Columbus in 1492 marks the beginning of recorded history in America. Probably the  first celebration of honoring was held in 1792. Columbus Day became a legal holiday in the United States in 1892, 400 years after the famous Discovery. It was then called Discovery Day.

 

Why do we celebrate Columbus Day in the United States?

 

Columbus Day is a U.S. holiday that commemorates the landing of Christopher Columbus in the New World on October 12, 1492. It was unofficially celebrated in a number of cities and states as early as the 18th century but did not become a federal holiday until the 1937.

 

What kind of holiday is Columbus Day?

In 1937, Columbus Day become a holiday across the United States. Since 1971, it has been celebrated on the second Monday in October. The date on which Columbus arrived in the Americas is also celebrated as the DÃa de la Raza (Day of the Race) in Latin America and some Latino communities in the USA.

Controversies Surrounding Columbus Day

 

Although Columbus Day has been a federal holiday since the 1930s, more than half of U.S. states don’t mandate a paid day off for the holiday. As of 2015, only 23 states gave employees a paid day off for the day. I seems reasonable as columbus day if marks New America’s Evolution but on reins Indigenous People culture and civilization. Now Indigenous Peoples’ Day is  Gaining Momentum As A Replacement For Columbus Day.

Denver Changes Columbus Day to Indigenous People’s Day

 

 

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