Columbus Day, What is it?

@jennybianca (12914)
Australia
October 8, 2007 1:00am CST
I have seen a reference to Colombus Day. What exactly is this event & how is it celebrated?
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@GardenGerty (101610)
• United States
8 Oct 07
In my experience, and where we live, we do not really celebrate Columbus Day, but we do use it as a day to recognize the fact that Columbus discovered America. I believe that in the areas where it is celebrated, it has become another of those Monday bank holidays. Like everything else it is an excuse for retail sales propaganda. In my own local area it is an excuse for a history lesson.
@jennybianca (12914)
• Australia
9 Oct 07
Thanks for clearing up Colombus Day for me. Our Government would not allow a day off for history, unless it is war related.
@Fishmomma (11477)
• United States
8 Oct 07
Columbus Day isn't celebrated by everyone in the United States. Its a Federal Holiday, so workers have the day off. My daughter is working and I will be quite busy digging a new pond. There will be special sales at many stores, so some people spend the day shopping for bargains.
@jennybianca (12914)
• Australia
8 Oct 07
Well shopping for bargains sounds like a good idea.
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@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
8 Oct 07
I agree with what the others said - a day for sales and government workers to have paid holiday that we pay for. I am thankful that Columbus discovered America and wish that more people in at least the US would pay more recognition to the day for what it should be recognized for.
@jennybianca (12914)
• Australia
9 Oct 07
I guess the only reason they keep Columbus Day then, is for the shops to get some retail business.
@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
11 Oct 07
Yep and give governement workers another day off - no mail and my child support was a day late because of it.
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@KarenO52 (2951)
• United States
8 Oct 07
I don't know anyone who celebrates Columbus Day. I think the banks and post offices are closed, and that's the only way the holiday affects me. I think the History or Discovery channel might run a story on Christopher Columbus, and how his trip to the North American territory was what started the exploration and exploitation of the area.
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@jennybianca (12914)
• Australia
9 Oct 07
I remember studying Christopher Columbus at school, but it was so long ago that I wouldn't mind seeing a documentary. I am fascinated by history.
@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
9 Oct 07
It's supposidly the day Christopher Colombus found North America back in 1400's I think. I say "What ever - Yippee!" LOL No really, it's a great day for our country but yet it's just another holiday.
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