Columbus Day is often reminds students of a day off from elementary and high school; although there is more to Columbus Day than just a three day weekend. Columbus Day is a federal holiday that has been taking place since as early as the 18th century, however it was not until 1937 when President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared Columbus Day a federal holiday. In prior years Columbus Day was celebrated every October 12, but in 1971 the celebration was set to take place every second Monday in the month of October. To find out more about Christopher Columbus, check out some of our electronic books at Crown Library, they’re accessible online for students. Print books are also to borrow.
Also known as Landing Day, Columbus Day is also celebrated throughout the world. Día de la Raza, or Day of the Race in Latin America, Día de la Hispanidad or Hispanity Day in Spain, and Día del Respeto a la Diversidad Cultural or Day of Respect for Cultural Diversity in Argentina.
Columbus Day has been used by many to teach ideals of patriotism and discovery. However, there are many that oppose the celebration of Columbus Day because of the societal collapse and treatment of indigenous peoples which was a result of the European colonization brought about by Columbus’ Discovery.