Columbus Day is a national holiday in many countries in the Americas and elsewhere which officially celebrates the anniversary of Christopher Columbus arrival and discovery of the American Continent on October 12, 1492.
The landing is celebrated as “Columbus Day” in the United States.
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.
Columbus Day first became an official state holiday in Colorado in 1906, and became a federal holiday in the United States in 1937, though people have celebrated Columbus’s voyage since the colonial period. In 1792, New York City and other U.S. cities celebrated the 300th anniversary of his landing in the New World. President Benjamin Harrison called upon the people of the United States to celebrate Columbus Day on the 400th anniversary of the event. During the four hundredth anniversary in 1892, teachers, preachers, poets and politicians used Columbus Day rituals to teach ideals of patriotism.
Since 1970, the holiday has been fixed to the second Monday in October.
Columbus Day – 2016 Date
In the United States the second Monday in October is celebrated as Columbus Day.
Columbus Day – 2016 is on Mon oct 10.