Archive for October 11th, 2010

Did You Know? Countdown to Columbus Day (10/11)

Monday, October 11th, 2010

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

Oct 11 : 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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(October 11) Today we’re celebrating . . .  Columbus Day

Monday, October 11th, 2010


Columbus Day (US)

In fourteen hundred ninety-two
Columbus sailed the ocean blue.

Celebrating Christopher Columbus’ discovery of the Americas (the New World).

In 1492 Columbus left Spain with three ships – the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria – looking to find an alternative route to India. After sighting land, his fleet eventually landed on what is now know as the Bahamas.

Observed as a national holiday in the US and 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.*

*source: wikipedia – Columbus Day

(October 11) Today we’re celebrating . . .  National Coming Out Day

Monday, October 11th, 2010


National Coming Out Day
An international day of celebration, visibility and education for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) community.

I’m coming out
I want the world to know
Got to let it show
I’m coming out
I want the world to know
I got to let it show *

Sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign

image credit: via flickr
* lyrics – Diana Ross – I’m Coming Out

(October 11) Today we’re also celebrating . . .  Thanksgiving (Canada)

Monday, October 11th, 2010


Thanksgiving (Canada)
And a very special holiday greeting to our friends up in Canada…

Happy Thanksgiving!
Aye!

More information: Thanksgiving in Canada
photo credit: via flickr

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