Columbus Day is celebrated annually on the second Monday of October. This was the date that the legendary explorer Christopher Columbus first landed in the Americas. This year the day falls on 10th of October. It has different names and different connotations in various parts of the New or Old Worlds.
The following are some important snippets about Columbus Day celebrations:
- Columbus Day has different names in different languages as per country:
- Dia de la Raza – Argentina
- Dia de las Culturas – Costa Rica
- Dia de las Americas – Uruguay
- Dia de la Hispanidad – Colombia
- Discovery Day – Bahamas
- Giornata Nazionale di Cristoforo Colombo – Italy
- Fiesta Nacional – Spain
- The exact replicas of the ships Columbus and his crew sailed on – Nina & Pinta– have been created by the Columbus Foundation.
- In New York City Columbus Day is celebrated with a parade on Fifth Avenue from 44th to 72nd
The day is of particular significance to the Italian- American community as Columbus himself was an Italian explorer.