Did You Know? Countdown to Columbus Day 2009 (10/12)


Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
About Christopher Columbus’
Discovery of the Americas

Oct 12 : Columbus Day

Did you know that Columbus Day is one of ten US federal holidays?

The other federal holidays are New Years Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Did you know that while Columbus Day is celebrated as a national holiday in the US it is also marked by Italian-Americans as a celebration of their culture and heritage?

The discovery of the Americas is also celebrated in different countries. Known as Di­a de la Raza (Day of the Race) in many Latin American countries, as Di­a de las Culturas (Day of the Cultures) in Costa Rica, Discovery Day in the Bahamas, Di­a de la Hispanidad in Spain, and Dia de la Resistencia Indi­gena (Day of Indigenous Resistance) in Venezuela.

Thanks for joining us as we counted down to Columbus Day.

Happy Columbus Day,
Louie and the Holiday Elves

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