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Happy Gay Columbus Day

By Charlotte Robinson, October 10, 2011
It’s interesting that many countries celebrate the anniversary of Christopher Columbus's arrival in the Americas which occurred on October 12, 1492 as the real date. The event is celebrated as Columbus Day in the United States, as Día de la Raza in many countries in Latin America, as Discovery Day in the Bahamas, as Día de la Hispanidad & Fiesta Nacional in Spain & as Día de las Américas in Uruguay. These holidays have been celebrated unofficially since the late 18th century & officially in various areas since the early 20th century. Of course in the 21st century we hardly ever celebrate it on the official day so we can enjoy a long holiday weekend. Since 1971 Canadian Thanksgiving has coincided with the observance of Columbus Day in the United States. It seems like somehow the Pilgrims got involved. Of course our Thanksgiving comes later on the last Thursday in November. The Pilgrims landed first in Provincetown as you know. Not the Plymouth Rock scenario. Speaking of P-Town, Women’s Week is taking place there now through October 16th. There are still lots of rooms available if you want to make the scene...:)
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1 comment:

Karen Mercurio said...

In fourteen hundred ninety-two Columbus sailed the ocean blue. He had three ships and left from Spain; He sailed through sunshine, wind and rain. He sailed by night; he sailed by day; He used the stars to find his way. A compass also helped him know How to find the way to go. Ninety sailors were on board; Some men worked while others snored. Then the workers went to sleep; And others watched the ocean deep. Day after day they looked for land; They dreamed of trees and rocks and sand. October 12 their dream came true, You never saw a happier crew! "Indians! Indians!" Columbus cried; His heart was filled with joyful pride. But "India" the land was not; It was the Bahamas, and it was hot. The Arakawa natives were very nice; They gave the sailors food and spice. Columbus sailed on to find some gold To bring back home, as he'd been told. He made the trip again and again, Trading gold to bring to Spain. The first American? No, not quite. But Columbus was brave, and he was bright.

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