Columbus Day 2020 - When is Columbus Day? Why is Columbus Day celebrated? All you need to know is here
by Mubarak Ali
Updated Sep 18, 2020
Why is Columbus Day celebrated?
Columbus Day is observed to celebrate the landing of Christopher Columbus in the unexplored land of America in 1492. It is observed as an official holiday in U.S.A. However, the celebration of this day has generated controversy. With the arrival of Columbus in America, the process of colonialism was initiated. The slavery was also inflicted on the indigenous people. Along with celebration, it has also led to controversies especially among the natives of America. The first celebration of Columbus Day took place in 1792 to commemorate the historic landing of Columbus in America.
Is Columbus Day a recognized holiday?
The first celebration of Columbus Day took place by organizing annual religious ceremonies and columbus day parade 2020 in the honor of Columbus. In the year 1892, President Benjamin Harrison encouraged Americans to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Columbus’ voyage with patriotic festivitie like organising parades in school. Columbus Day 2020 is observed on the second Monday in the month of October. the day is now observed as a federal government holiday. The federal offices remain closed. But all the states do not grant it as official holiday. Post offices remain closed on this day and hence postal services cannot be availed by the common people on this day. Often the question that arises is that are banks closed on columbus day 2020.It is a Federal Reserve Bank holiday. Many banks may remain open but the transactions are not processed on this day. Many retail stores give special discount rates and sales to celebrate this day. However, the New York Stock Exchange remains open on this day.
Is there school on Columbus Day 2020?
Columbus Day 2020 is declared to be a federal government holiday. It is not mandatory that the schools have to remain closed but the schools often organise celebration activities. However, the schools can follow the holiday calendar district-wise.