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Is Columbus Day A Federal Holiday

October 11, 2010 by USA Post 

Is Columbus Day A Federal Holiday, Know the rhyme, “In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue”, but why exactly do we celebrate Columbus Day?

United States, the day is honored to commemorate the landing of Christopher Columbus in the New World October 12, 1492. The day was recognized for hundreds of years, but did not become a federal holiday until 1937 when President Franklin D. Roosevelt when he said, after a campaign by the Knights of Columbus, according to History.com. It has always been celebrated on Oct. 12 until 1971, when he was moved to the second Monday of each month.

Columbus Day is also considered a day that Italian-Americans celebrate their heritage. In the 18th century, Italian and Catholic communities organized parades and religious ceremonies in honor of the explorer.

He had a lot of controversy over the celebration. Consequently, many communities have created alternatives because of its association with the colonization of America and the death of indigenous peoples.

History.com reported that Dia de la Raza (“Race Day”) is celebrated in Latin America as a celebration of Hispanic cultures different roots. South Dakota celebrates Native American Day and the day is celebrated in Hawaii Discoverer to remember the arrival of Polynesian settlers.

In communities that use the day to honor the indigenous people, you can participate in powwows, tribal dances to attend and learn about Native American culture.

If you’re in an Italian-American community, expect parades, costumes and lots of Italian food.

Some other interesting facts Columbus Day, Long Island, according to press reports, include:

• Before it was translated into English, the name of Christopher Columbus was known as Chrisoffa Corombo.

• Columbus began sailing when he was 14-years.

• Columbus was addicted to opium drugs.

• Christopher Columbus did not gain notoriety until after his death.

• Brother Bartholomew Columbus had the initial idea to cross the ocean.

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