Thursday, October 6, 2011

Celebrating Columbus Day

In the U.S.A., we celebrate Columbus Day because his actions opened up the exploration and colonization of the Americas to European conquest and colonization. His voyage set up the chain of events that would lead to the founding of the United States of America.

Columbus Day became a federal holiday in 1937. However, people have celebrated Columbus's voyage since the colonial period. In 1792, New York City and other U.S. cities celebrated the 300th anniversary of his landing in the New World.

In 1892, President Benjamin Harrison called upon the people of the United States to celebrate Columbus Day on the 400th anniversary of the event. During the four hundredth anniversary, in 1892, teachers, preachers, poets and politicians used Columbus Day rituals to teach ideals of patriotism. These patriotic rituals were framed around themes such as support for war, citizenship boundaries, the importance of loyalty to the nation, and celebrating social progress.

San Francisco claims the nation's oldest continuously existing celebration with the Italian-American community's annual Columbus Day Parade, which was established in 1868 while New York City boasts the largest. is offering a 10% discount through Columbus Day. Use the coupon code “Columbus.”

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