Columbus Day 2020: Remembering Occasion of Columbus’s Arrival in the America

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Columbus Day is a federal holiday commemorating Italian explorer Christopher Columbus’ journey and landing. He landed on the Americas New World soil on 12th Oct 1492. King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain instructed Columbus to find a quicker path to Asia. But he ended up discovering a region; what we now know as North America. In some cities and states as 18th century, it had unofficially praised; but until 1937 it did not consent to a federal holiday. For many, this day is a way of both admiring Columbus’ triumphs and celebrating Italian-American legacy. But throughout its history, Columbus Day and the man who provoked it have brought about controversy.

In several countries of the Americas and elsewhere, Columbus Day is a national holiday. In fact, officially it marks the anniversary of the appearance of Christopher Columbus in the Americas land on 12th Oct, 1492. On behalf of Spain, Columbus was an Italian adventurer who set sail across the Atlantic Ocean. He did this only to land in the New World in search of a quicker path to the Far East. It took almost 3 months for his first voyage to the New World on the Spanish ships Santa Maria, Niña, and La Punta. It introduces Columbus and his crew to the New World; which started the Columbian Trade. It also brought in the transition between the New World and the Old World of plants, animals, culture, human populaces, and technology.

Columbus Day 2020

This year’s Columbus Day ceremony could be difficult to find. Because of the covid-19, traditional festivals and parades have significantly cut down. Also, fewer statues of Christopher Columbus remain standing after protestors toppled or demolished some of them this year. The city’s parade has cancelled in Chicago, as was a major luncheon traditionally organised by the Italian Americans’ Joint Civic Committee. The committee has instead planned to involve a small, socially distant Monday rally at a park; where a statue of Columbus had stood for a long time. In July, the city briefly removed the bronze image of the explorer; citing fears about the safety of the strikers and police.

President Benjamin Harrison proclaimed Columbus Day as a onetime national celebration for the 400th anniversary in 1892; following a lynching in New Orleans where a mob had assassinated 11 Italian immigrants. The ratification was part of a much larger campaign after the lynch mobs event to placate Italian Americans and mitigate bilateral conflicts with Italy. Teachers, preachers, poets and politicians used rituals during the 1892 anniversary to teach patriotism ideals. The Pledge of Allegiance by Francis Bellamy included these ceremonies with subjects such as citizenship borders; the importance of loyalty to the country, and the celebration of social progress.

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