Happy Columbus Day! Feliz Día de la Hispanidad!

October 12, 2010 at 10:46 am Leave a comment

People all over the world celebrate Columbus Day, Día de la Hispanidad, Fiesta Nacional or Día de las Américas.

In Spain this holiday has had several names in history. First it was called Día de la Raza, like in the Latin American countries. From 1957, it was called Día de la Hispanidad, emphasizing the close ties that Spain had with the international Hispanic community. However, since 1987, Columbus Day is called Fiesta Nacional in Spain, a national holiday that, alongisde Constitution Day, honours important events in the country’s history.

In other countries there are some controversies regarding this celebration. Some states from the USA chose not to celebrate Columbus Day, rather to honour native Americans or other discoverers. It’s the case of Hawaii, South Dakota and Nevada. The fact is that the heritage of the European colonization started with the exploitation and punishment of the indigenous people. But this cannot be pinpointed only of Columbus, as there were many others who did the same thing.

Whatever the grudges are, the fact is that it’s a national holiday in Spain and Columbus can be honoured for the benefits he brought to Spain, making it one of the most powerful empires in history. Pretty good thing for an Italian! 🙂

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