Columbus Day Facts

This coming Monday is Columbus Day. Columbus Day became a federal holiday in 1937. It is a U.S. holiday that commemorates the landing of Christopher Columbus in the New World on October 12, 1492.

He intended to chart a western sea route to China, India and the fabled gold and spice islands of Asia. Instead, he later onhe landed in the Bahamas! He became the first European to explore the Americas since the Vikings set up colonies in Greenland and Newfoundland during the 10th century. In 1971, the date October 12th no longer marked the holiday. It was changed to the second Monday in October. This is also the Canadian Thanksgiving, which was fixed in 1959.

South Dakota, Alaska and Hawaii do not recognize Columbus Day. Depending on where in the United States, you may see parades to celebrate the holiday. In most states, children have the day off school. New York City has the largest parade.

Christopher Columbus died when he was 55, in 1506, only two years after his last trip to the New World. Nobody is sure where he is buried as he was reburied many times in different places around the world. Nobody is sure what he looked like, as there are no portraits known to exist.

I thought these were interesting facts about Columbus Day. I hope you can share some of this information in conversation as Columbus Day approaches. Enjoy the long weekend, and have a great Columbus Day!

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