Why Do We Celebrate Columbus Day?


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A lot of countries in the western 'New World' including the USA celebrate Columbus Day.

Columbus Day is the celebration of Christopher Columbus's arrival and discovery in the Americas, which historically occured on 12th October 1492.

Despite this date, Columbus day is not always celebrated on 12th October, but is instead celebrated on the second Monday of every October in the United States.

The event is celebrated as Columbus Day in the United States, as Día de la Raza in many countries in Latin America, as Discovery Day in the Bahamas, as Día de la Hispanidad and Fiesta Nacional in Spain and as Día de las Américas (Day of the Americas) in Uruguay.

For more on the history of the holiday, see the brief video below from the good folks at the History Channel!

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