Most of us think of holidays as one of those few days our employer actually pays us to stay home. We all know the big ones: New Year's, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas. And yes, some employers are a little more generous but most likely you'll have no more than 7 days a year that you consider a holiday. Depending on your religious beliefs you may add a few more to that annual list, and find that you're up to a dozen or so.
For a day to be considered a "National Holiday" it needs to be declared so by Congress. And then of course we have the "commercial holidays" that we all love, which in effect are simply days that have become popular over the years. We all love them, but for some of us that just isn't enough. Organizations, corporation, and even loosely connected groups of people can "declare" a day for any reason they choose. Some of these days catch on and become popular with the general population, some remain only recognized by their creator, and some fizzle out and become a mere memory after only a year or two.
The point is - Every day, somewhere someone is celebrating something.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Traditional Columbus Day ~ October 12

Until 1971 and the Uniform Monday Holiday Act , Columbus Day was celebrated on October 12, the anniversary of Christopher Columbus landing in the New World.  Probably one of the biggest and best know celebrations of the day is the Columbus Day Parade in New York City.

This may not be a strange or unusual holiday, but some people believe we shouldn't celebrate it at all.  The story of Christopher Columbus we all learned in grade school is not exactly an accurate picture.  But, if you're happier with the story as we learned in school that's okay too.   

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