Day of respect for cultural diversity in Argentina in 2019

Day of respect for cultural diversity in Argentina in 2019
  How long until Day of respect for cultural diversity?
This holiday next takes place in 88 days.
  Dates of Day of respect for cultural diversity in Argentina
2021Argentina Tue, Oct 12National Holiday
2020Argentina Mon, Oct 12National Holiday
2019Argentina Mon, Oct 14National Holiday
2018Argentina Mon, Oct 15National Holiday
2017Argentina Mon, Oct 16National Holiday
  Summary
<p>Honors indigenous people on the date when Columbus first set foot in the Americas.</p>
  Day of respect for cultural diversity in other countries
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Day of respect for cultural diversity in Argentina

In Argentina, the holiday is now known as the Day of respect for cultural diversity. It is celebrated on the second Monday in October. The change of name and move away from the traditional date may reflect that some indigenous communities may consider the arrival of Columbus and the Europeans as a negative event.

When is this holiday?

The date of Columbus' arrival in the Americas is celebrated in Central and South America as the Día de la Raza ("day of the race"), commemorating the first encounters of Europe and Native Americans. It is a celebration of the diversity among Native Americans and Europeans.

The day commemorates the date when Christopher Columbus first set foot in the Americas. In the USA it is observed on the Second Monday in October.

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.

He was also not the earliest European explorer to reach the Americas, with the indisputable evidence of Norsemen having reached the mainland of North America centuries before.

The day was first celebrated in Argentina in 1917, Venezuela in 1921, Chile in 1923, Colombia in 1921 and Mexico in 1928.

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