Discovery of America Day

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When is Discovery of America Day?

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Dates of Discovery of America Day
Year Weekday Date
2020 Thursday October 8th
2019 Wednesday October 2nd
2018 Thursday October 4th
2017 Thursday October 5th
2016 Thursday October 6th
1 Day. Part of Morazan Week since 2015
Honours the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the Americas

The date of Columbus' arrival in the Americas is celebrated in Honduras as the Discovery of America Day.

The traditional date is 12 October. In October, there are another two public holidays and in 2014, they were moved to the last week in October to create one long holiday period. The rainy season made travel difficult during this time and in 2015. the October holidays were moved to the first week in October, with Discovery of America Day being observed on Thursday 8 October 2015.

History of Discovery of America Day

The day commemorates the date when Christopher Columbus first set foot in the Americas.

Columbus' voyages across the Atlantic Ocean initiated the European exploration and colonization of the Americas.

While the first voyage in 1492 was immensely significant, Columbus did not actually reach the American mainland until his 3rd voyage in 1498. Instead, while trying to find a sea route to India, he made landfall on an island in the Bahamas that he named San Salvador.

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