Being one of America’s oldest holidays, the Columbus Day commemorates the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the New World on October 12, 1492. The day was first celebrated on the 300th anniversary of Columbus’ voyage on October 12, 1792 when the New York Society of Tammany honored him. It did not become a federal holiday until 1937 when the heritage of an estimated 26 million Italian Americans started celebrating this holiday constituting the nation’s fifth largest ethnic group. Funded by the Spanish monarchs King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, Columbus traveled with Niña, the Pinta and the Santa Maria in order to find a sea route to China and India. However, he ended up landing in the Bahamas, thus exploring the lands of America. The holiday is celebrated in few states of America, in Puerto Rico, and few cities of Italy and Spain.
Even though Columbus’ discovery generates controversy, it is still celebrated in honor of the man, who first landed in the San Salvador Island. So, if you are celebrating the Italian-American heritage, try wearing custom Wristbands and Tattoos for the occasion.
The occasion is worth observing, because Columbus’ discovery opened way for the settlement of the Europeans in America. So, celebrate the occasion in a joyful way at educational institutions by wearing colorful custom Buttons remembering the Discovery Day.
You can also join in the parades sponsored by many organization wearing custom T-Shirts honoring and celebrating the cultural exchange between America and Europe.
Since the event has turned into a celebration of the Italian-American heritage, local organizations and clubs often organize parades and street fairs with Italian foods, music, and multi-colored costumes. It also commemorates the exchange of the art, philosophy, medicine, science, music, ethics, and religious principles of the Europeans in America. Make the fairs and parades more colorful by distributing custom Hand Fans to people.
Even though history speaks differently, you can use the day to honor local indigenous community organizing traditional dances, pow-wows, with Native American culture documentaries. The custom Stadium Cups will be great feasting souvenirs for everyone!