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Is Columbus Day celebrated on the second Monday in October?

Asked by F. Lopez, Last updated: Nov 01, 2019

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M. Gomez

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M. GomezWriter, Mass communication, Leeds
Writer, Mass communication, Leeds

Answered on Nov 01, 2019

Yes, Columbus Day is celebrated every second Monday of October which means that the exact date of the event may change every year. This holiday commemorates the time when Christopher Columbus first set foot in America.

The celebration used to be done on October 12 but it was changed to the second Monday because of some reports wherein people are not too sure if it was actually October 12 when Christopher Columbus first set foot in America. There are some states that still consider this to be a huge holiday which means that the business establishments are closed but some states have changed it or just consider this as something to be recognized but they would still operate as usual.

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R. Hunter

R. Hunter

Answered on Oct 21, 2019

Yes, since the year 1971, Columbus Day has always been scheduled to be celebrated every second Monday of the month of October. It was celebrated on Monday, October 14, this year, 2019. Though it used to be celebrated every October 12 before the year 1971 as a remembrance of the day that Columbus landed at America -October 12, 1492. The first celebration of this day was first done in the year 1792 by the St. Tammany in New York of the United States.

In the year 1892, President Benjamin Harrison recommends to the people to mark the 400th year of Columbus's discovery of the United States and also the enlightenment and progress he had brought into the country. Later on, in the year 1934, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt declared every October 12 as a national holiday in honor and recognition of Columbus Day. And since 1934 to date, the day has always been celebrated every second Monday of the month of October. However, it seems the day is losing its significance in the United States.

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