Thursday, October 16, 2008

*Columbus Day*

I found this on the internet, pretty interesting :)

Many countries in the New World and elsewhere celebrate the anniversary of Christopher Columbus's arrival in the Americas, which occurred on October 12, 1492 in the Julian calendar and October 21, 1492 in the modern Gregorian calendar, as an official holiday. The day is celebrated as Columbus Day in the United States, as Día de la Raza (Day of the Race) in many countries in Latin America, as Día de las Culturas (Day of the Cultures) in Costa Rica, as Discovery Day in The Bahamas, as Día de la Hispanidad (Hispanic Day) and National Day in Spain, and as Día de la Resistencia Indígena (Day of Indigenous Resistance) in Venezuela. These holidays have been celebrated unofficially since the late 18th century, and officially in various countries since the early century. Especially since the later 20th century, some organizations and individuals have criticized the celebrations as commemorating the institution of European colonization of the Americas at the expense of indigenous cultures.


Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Very interesting!

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The Crackling Crows said...

I will do that Laura :)