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The Second Monday of October

“Have a nice weekend! See you on Tuesday.”

We hear these words together only a few times a year. Long weekends are enjoyable for everyone, but their significance can sometimes be forgotten. The extra day of relaxation can be appealing and its true meaning is often overlooked.

Columbus Day is celebrated on the second Monday in October, on which the United States observes the arrival of Christopher Columbus to the Americas on October 12, 1492.

Before becoming a United State federal holiday in 1937, Columbus Day was originally the first official state holiday in Colorado in 1906. Even though Columbus Day is a significant federal holiday on the calendar, there are still several states and businesses that do not observe the day.

Many people believe that Christopher Columbus does not deserve credit, for discovering North America, as he only “went as far of some islands in the Caribbean and never got as far as mainland America.”

The United States was not the only country observing a holiday on Monday. While most Americans were either sleeping in or apple picking, Canadians gathered together for Thanksgiving dinner. Similar to Columbus Day, it is held every year on the second Monday in October.

The only difference from American Thanksgiving is the fact that Canadians will feast all weekend, from Saturday through Monday. Unfortunately, there are no Black Friday sales the next day.

Both Americans and Canadians have federal holidays which are meant for historical remembrance and for friends and family to spend quality time together. Hope everyone enjoyed the day!

Read more about Columbus Day at: http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/us/columbus-day


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