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Columbus day and indigenous day

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Columbus Day is a U.S. holiday that commemorates the landing of Christopher Columbus in the Americas on October 12, 1492. The day is observed on the second Monday of October each year. Columbus, an Italian explorer, sailed across the Atlantic Ocean with the support of the Spanish Crown, and his arrival in the Americas is often considered a pivotal event in the history of European exploration and the beginning of significant contact between the Old World and the New World.
The holiday has been celebrated in the United States since the early 19th century, and it became a federal holiday in 1937. Traditionally, Columbus Day has been viewed as a way to honor the Italian explorer's achievements and contributions. However, over time, there has been increased scrutiny and criticism regarding the celebration of Columbus Day. Critics point to the negative consequences of European colonization, such as the mistreatment and displacement of indigenous populations, as reasons to reevaluate the way Columbus Day is observed.
In recent years, there has been a growing movement to replace or rename Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples' Day. Indigenous Peoples' Day is seen by many as a way to shift the focus from Columbus and European exploration to honoring and recognizing the cultures, histories, and contributions of Native American and indigenous communities.
It's worth noting that the celebration and acknowledgment of Columbus Day vary across different states and localities in the United States, and some areas have chosen to recognize Indigenous Peoples' Day instead. The discussion around the appropriateness of celebrating Columbus Day continues to be part of a broader conversation about historical interpretation and cultural sensitivity.

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