Today is Columbus Day. What this typically means to us in society is that banks and government agencies are closed—not that they wouldn’t be closed anyway due to the shut down of the government (day 14…and lots of turmoil surrounding that issue).
Back in 1492, Christopher Columbus didn’t actually “discover” America, as we’ve all come to realize since our elementary school history teacher lied to us. What he really did was raise awareness across Europe about the existence of other lands—that we now know and love as the Americas.
There are many debates regarding whether we should continue to observe the sanctity of Columbus day on the second Monday in October (as Columbus really got to the Americas on the 12th of October, which rarely falls on a Monday), or if we should do as the South Dakotans and change the holiday to “Native-American Day,” or something different altogether.
Italian-Americans prefer to not stir any waters as Columbus day is a tribute to their roots in Europe and the European discovery of America.
Since no municipalities in the 30 locations across the US called ‘Columbus’ are looking to change their name any time soon, it may be best for us to leave things alone.
What are your thoughts on Columbus Day? Keep things the way they are or modernize the way we celebrate the holiday?