Why We Celebrate Columbus Day?

The discovery of America in October 1492 at the hands of Columbus is celebrated in some parts of America and Europe, particularly in Canada, Spain and Italy. For the first time the day was celebrated in history in 1792, formerly known as the Discovery Day. Its commemoration entailed traditional march pass and feasts.

After a long span of nearly four centuries of the history making voyage, the day was granted an official holiday in 1892. The point to be noticed that this commemoration is not much concerned with Columbus pioneering the discovery of America rather it takes its significance in Europe in view of its revealing the very way / route to the New World; in other words to many, access to the new horizons was important.

Columbus Day Why We Celebrate Columbus Day?

In most of the southern regions of America, Columbus Day is rather celebrated as “the Day of Race”. In addition to the usual features of the feast, awarding people, particularly the school children have been important.

Many people who are not in favor of this traditional commemoration would go to the extent of declaring that it was Washington Irvin, in fact, who first discovered the land; moreover the merits of Columbus were not distinguished enough to bestow him with a full day commemoration. In other words, in the southern regional that has been under the influence of colonial Spain the status of the day remains dubious hence on the whole it is still controversial.

The historians regard Columbus rather as a person who by dint of his voyage has been influential enough to attract Europeans to this relatively ignored mass of land, the so called New World. The day is de facto celebrated as Friendship Day instead of its original controversial title. Accordingly there is a complete scenario of an official holiday on the day — like shops and banks closed etc. It can, therefore, be surmised from the imprints of his venture left on posterity global wide that the phenomenon of intriguing journey takes precedence over the long cherished discovery factor.

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