What Exactly is Columbus Day All About?

October 8, 2010 |  by  |  Lifestyle
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So, Monday is Columbus Day. But, what is it really all about?

Well, to refresh, in 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue (and was probably a jerk to a lot of his crew).

If you’re interested the complete poem is here and, wow, it’s kinda long and weird. Stuff about snoring and whatever. Go ahead, read it, I’ll wait…

Welcome back. So, obviously the holiday is set to celebrate Christopher Columbus’  arrival in the Americas, specifically the Bahamas, which occurred on October 12, 1492.

While some people with a lot of time on their hands celebrated the holiday before 1892, President Benjamin Harrison called upon the people of the United States to celebrate Columbus Day on the 400th anniversary of the event that year.

It’s true.

Also, according to Wikipedia so who even knows if this is true or not, some Italian-Americans, like Snooki, observe Columbus Day as a celebration of their heritage, the first occasion being in New York City on October 12, 1866.

ALSO, some Native Americans don’t like Columbus day because they basically think Columbus was a jerk and beat up all of their ancestors. Which probably has more than a bit of truth to it.

The sad part about all of this? You probably don’t have off for the date because, well, it’s more one of those holidays that people remember, but don’t care about.

I mean, it isn’t even like Cinco de Mayo or St. Patrick’s Day, which everyone uses as an excuse to drink.

If you live in Canada, Columbus Day is actually Thanksgiving. Truth.

Even if Christopher Columbus was a big jerk and even thought that the Bahamas were India, it’s nice to celebrate this event because without it we wouldn’t have Facebook.

I’m sticking to it.

Happy Columbus Day!

 


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