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Discovery Day in Cayman Islands

Caymanian  National HolidaysPublic Holiday in Cayman Islands

The Cayman Islands celebrate Discovery Day on the third Monday in May

When is Discovery Day in Cayman Islands?

How long until Discovery Day?
This holiday next takes place in 209 Days.
Dates of Discovery Day
Year Weekday Date
2019 May 20th
2018 May 21st
2017 May 15th
2016 May 16th
Duration
1 Day
Summary
Commemorates the discovery of the Islands of Cayman Brac and Little Cayman by Christopher Columbus in 1503
Related holidays
USA National Holidays Columbus Day

Discovery Day is a public holiday celebrated in the Cayman Islands on the third Monday in May.

Discovery Day commemorates the 'discovery' of the islands of Cayman Brac and Little Cayman by Christopher Columbus in 1503.

History of Discovery Day in Cayman Islands

The Cayman Islands are a British Overseas Territory in the Caribbean. The territory consists of three islands, Grand Cayman, Little Cayman and Cayman Brac.

During his fourth voyage to the Americas, Christopher Columbus sailed past the two islands of Cayman Brac and Little Cayman on 10 May 1503. Columbus didn't stop on the islands, but named the islands Las Torgugas due to the large number of sea turtles they saw as they passed. It is likely that the islands were seen by other Europeans before Columbus in 1503, but as he formally took the time to note and name the islands, he gets the credit as the European discoverer.

By the middle of the 16th century, the island gained the name of the 'Caymanas', after a local Carib name for the crocodiles that were plentiful on the islands back then.

Having been devastated by hurricanes in the past, the National Day of Preparedness is observed each year on Discovery Day to encourage residents to prepare for the hurricane season or any other natural disaster.


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