If you live in New York you might head off to the Columbus Day Parade which takes place every year on the second Monday of October. This year the Columbus Parade will start at 11.30 am and will last until 2 pm. The route will be from 47th Street to 72th Street. The Columbus Day Parade include music concerts, dancers, vintage cars and many things to eat and drink. This will be the 66th annual parade held in NYC.
Also, since this is a national holiday since 1937, many banks will be closed and the mail is not working, so please try not to use the bank services and use the e-mail if you have to send something to your friends today. It’s a special occasion for all of us to enjoy and honor the man who discovered the land of what we call today America.
The history begins in 1492 when Christopher Columbus and his fleet got to the shores of America, a new land nobody had ever discovered before. In the United States of America this is called Columbus Day while in many countries of the Americas this is known as Dia de la Raza, in the Bahamas is called Discovery Day.
Here are some amazing and yet funny Columbus Day Facts:
1. Some say that Christopher Columbus never set foot on American foil, but in fact he did landed on a small island in the Bahamas. He named that island San Salvador and it was called Guanahani by the natives but the truth is it was never proved what island did Columbus set foot on first.
2. Although we all learned in school that Columbus had three famous ships: The Nina, Pinta and Santa Monica, the truth is that the only one that was true is The Pinta. The other two were Gallega (instead of Santa Maria) and Santa Clara (instead of the Nina). Why these names were invented, ask your teacher!
3. Although Columbus Day is celebrated as a patriotic day, many people think of this as a day of cruelty and slavery. That’s because the colonization of America included the death of millions of natives, the slavery of those who lived the lands before Columbus discovered it. Some call it the “Day of Indigenous Resistance” to honor the indigenous people that were killed by Columbus. The indigenous people were the Arawaks and they were either killed either enslaved to dig gold from the mines. Also, some say that the Arawaks were persecuted and Columbus treated them that way so they would not have to think, so he and his men would subjugate them. Between 1492 and 1508 more than 3 million people, natives, perished and by 1650 no Arawaks or any of their descendants remained alive.
4. Although you probably won’t hear this from your history teacher, many people say that Columbus was addicted to opium but that theory was never proven. Opium was the first drug to be used in those days, it is the substance used to create the today’s heroin.
5. Another not-so-good thing about Columbus: he and his men are said to have brought the syphilis back to Europe. And the truth is that Christopher Columbus wasn’t his real name. According to various experts, his true name was Crisstofa Corumbo and Christopher Columbus is the English translation of his name.
How are you celebrating Columbus Day this year? Are you going to any parade?