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Monday, October 12, 2009

Columbus Day Has Many Names, Many Parades

Many countries in the New World and elsewhere celebrate the anniversary of Christopher Columbus's arrival in the Americas, which occurred on October 12, 1492 in the Julian calendar and October 21, 1492 in the modern Gregorian calendar, as an official holiday. The day is celebrated as Columbus Day in the United States, as Día de la Raza (Day of the Hispanic People) in many countries in America, as Día de las Culturas (Day of the Cultures) in Costa Rica, as Discovery Day in The Bahamas, as Día de la Hispanidad and Fiesta Nacional inSpain, as Día de las Américas (Day of the Americas) in Uruguay and as Día de la Resistencia Indígena (Day of Indigenous Resistance) in Venezuela. These holidays have been celebrated unofficially since the late 18th century, and officially in various countries since the early 20th century.

That is from Wikipedia, and the article goes into detail about the holiday and the recent controversy from the Left regarding the holiday.

This is a video from a Columbus Day Parade in Brooklyn, New York.

You can also watch a parade from Westerly, RI that has been uploaded in short segments to YouTube, and you can also visit a website set up for the annual event. 

Here is a short video from the History Channel on Columbus Day:

In recent years, there has been an attempt by Cultural Marxists (who hide their agenda under the umbrella of 'multiculturalism') to demonize the holiday that means so much to the Italian community in America, and has been celebrated for generations as part of the heritage of Western Civilization. It was a big deal when I was in school, but not any more. A big chunk of our history and culture is being washed away. 

Travis Rowley has an article at Intellectual Diversity about the successful attempt by Progressive students to change the name of the holiday on Brown University's calender that is a good encapsulation of what is
happening to the holiday today.

It will be interesting to see whether or not President Obama will recognize the holiday, and if he does, what spin he will put on it. 

Here is a video of President Bush observing the holiday in 2003: