The date Columbus arrived in the Americas is celebrated in some countries of Latin America. The same goes for post offices - check with your local post office. Statues and memorials devoted to Columbus now draw the regular attention of protesters and vandals, while his parades are getting rebranded and cancelled.
What do you know about Christopher Columbus? Columbus Day is a public holiday in some areas see list belowwhere it is a day off and schools and most businesses are closed. In recent years, celebration of the holiday has faced some opposition from various organizations.
However, this is controversial on many counts. President Benjamin Harrison proposed it in an election speech inat a time in which huge numbers of Catholic and Italian immigrants had entered the country, changing the voter demographic.
Italy[ edit ] Monument to Christopher Columbus in GenoaItaly Since the 18th century, many Italian communities in the Americas have observed the Discovery of the New World as a celebration of their heritage; Christopher Columbus whose original, Italian name is "Cristoforo Colombo" was an Italian explorer, citizen of the Republic of Genoa.
However, it is a controversial holiday in some countries and has been re-named in others.
In time for the observation of the day, the final volume of a compendium of Columbus-era documents was published by the University of California, Los Angeles 's Medieval and Renaissance Center.