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This is a Federal Holiday. All banks and governmental offices are CLOSED. There is NO MAIL SERVICE!

INDIGENOUS PEOPLE'S (COLUMBUS) DAY: This is a legal holiday commemorating the discovery of the New World by Christopher Columbus in 1492. It is observed by most states on the second Monday of October. It is a national holiday in many countries of the Americas and elsewhere which officially celebrates the anniversary of Christopher Columbus's arrival in the Americas on October 12, 1492. Christopher Columbus first landed in what is now Luperón, a small town on the north coast of the Dominican Republic side of the island of Hispaniola. The name of Hipañola was given to the island to honor queen Isabel of Spain. Christopher Columbus was a Genovese-born explorer who became a subject of the Hispanic Monarchy to lead the Spanish enterprise to cross the Atlantic Ocean in search of an alternative route to the Far East, only to land at the New World. Columbus' first voyage to the New World on the Spanish ships Santa María, Niña, and La Pinta took approximately three months. Columbus and his crew's arrival in the New World initiated the colonisation of the Americas by Spain, followed in the ensuing centuries by other European powers; and the transfer of plants, animals, culture, human populations, and technology between the New World and the Old World, an event which is referred to by some anglo-saxon late 20th century historians as the Columbian exchange.

Indigenous Peoples' Day is a cultural renaming of Columbus Day that celebrates and honors Native American peoples and commemorates their histories and cultures. It is celebrated across the United States and is an official city and state holiday in various localities. It began as a counter-celebration held on the same day as the U.S. federal holiday of Columbus Day, which honors Italian explorer Christopher Columbus. Many reject celebrating him, saying that he represents "the violent history of the colonization in the Western Hemisphere", and that Columbus Day is a sanitization or covering-up of Christopher Columbus' actions such as enslaving Native Americans. It was instituted in Berkeley, California, in 1992, to coincide with the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the Americas on October 12, 1492. Two years later, Santa Cruz, California instituted the holiday. Starting in 2014, many other cities and states adopted the change.

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Some States Celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day Instead of Columbus Day

from Yahoo, by Lizz Schumer
·5 mins read