Columbus Day is a federal holiday celebrated on the second Monday in October each year. It is generally accepted that Christopher Columbus was the first European to have discovered the New World of the Americas in 1492.
was an explorer, colonizer, and navigator. He was born in Italy
but lived in Spain
for a long time. There is a nice poem «Let`s Remember Columbus» about him:
In fourteen hundred and ninety two
Columbus sailed the ocean blue...
Let`s sing together this old song
About the voyage that took him long,
About the sailors, those strong brave men.
Let`s sing and remember them all again.
Officially, the people of the USA are invited to celebrate the anniversary
of the discovery of their country with church services and other activities. In some towns and cities, special church services, parades and large event
s are held. Most celebrations are concentrated around the Italian-American and Spanish-American communities. The event is celebrated as Columbus Day
in the United States, as Día de la Raza
in many countries in Latin America
, as Discovery Day
in the Bahamas, as Día de la Hispanidad
and Fiesta Nacional
in Spain and as Día de las Américas
(Day of the Americas) in Uruguay.