Mexico Day of the Races in Mexico in 2020

Mexico Day of the Races in Mexico in 2020
The Landing of Columbus at San Salvador. Image by Albert Bierstadt

  How long until Mexico Day of the Races?
This holiday next takes place in 20 days.
  Dates of Mexico Day of the Races in Mexico
2022 Mexico Wed, Oct 12 Statutory Holiday
2021 Mexico Tue, Oct 12 Statutory Holiday
2020 Mexico Mon, Oct 12 Statutory Holiday
2019 Mexico Sat, Oct 12 Statutory Holiday
2018 Mexico Fri, Oct 12 Statutory Holiday
Not an official holiday, this day commemorates the exact date when Christopher Columbus first set foot in the Americas

When is it?

This is a holiday which commemorates the discovery of America in 1492, by navigator Christopher Columbus and his crew of 90 men.

In Mexico, it is known as Dia de la Raza (The Day of the Races) and is always celebrated on 12th October.

History of the holiday

Columbus believed that the world was round and that a crossing the Atlantic Ocean would provide a shorter route to trade with Asia.

Queen Isabella of Spain sponsored Columbus' expedition. By being the first country to find a short water route to Asia, Spain could use the opportunity to claim new lands for colonization, profit from lucrative trade with Asia, and spread Christianity to Asian natives.

On 3 August 1492 Columbus set sail with his three ships on his quest to cross the Atlantic. On 12 October 1492, they landed on what is now the island of San Salvador. They believed they had reached India. Since that time, Native Americans have been known as Indians.

After 4 voyages to the New World, Columbus explored many of the islands of the West Indies including Cuba, and Jamaica, but never discovered the mainland. After an unsuccessful career as Governor of the Spanish West Indies, Columbus returned to Spain where he died.

In Mexico, Columbus Day is a legal holiday and is called Dia de la Raza which means "the Day of the Races". It commemorates Columbus' discovery of America, and the history of the races which compose the Mexican people. It is a day Mexicans use to explore both their Spanish and Indian roots.

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