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Columbus Day

October 10th, 2005

[Three ships]

On October 12, 1492, Italian navigator Christopher Columbus reached the New World.

The first celebration of the discovery of America was organized by the Italian population of New York City on October 12, 1866. The next year, more Italian organizations in other cities held banquets, parades and dances on that date. In 1869, when Italians of San Francisco celebrated October 12, they called it Columbus Day.

Certainly Columbus, perhaps against his will, opened the door to European colonization, the exploitation of native peoples and the slave trade; but I’d rather view Columbus Day as the historical meeting between European and American peoples, symbolizing the meeting of all the Continents to live and prosper peacefully together.

Columbus Day is celebrated on the second Monday in October (October 10th this year). For more information, you can visit the Wilstar Holidays site.

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