Day of the Races in Uruguay in 2020

Day of the Races in Uruguay in 2020

  How long until Day of the Races?
This holiday next takes place in 17 days.
  Dates of Day of the Races in Uruguay
2022 Uruguay Wed, Oct 12 National Holiday
2021 Uruguay Tue, Oct 12 National Holiday
2020 Uruguay Mon, Oct 12 National Holiday
2019 Uruguay Sat, Oct 12 National Holiday
2018 Uruguay Mon, Oct 15 National Holiday
Not an official holiday, this day is commemorated on the exact date when Christopher Columbus first set foot in the Americas
  Local name
Día de Colón
  Day of the Races in other countries
Day of the Races internationally

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.

The Battle of Sarandí

The Battle of Sarandí took place on 12 October 1825, in the vicinity of the Arroyo Sarandí in Uruguay, between troops of the Banda Oriental and the Empire of Brazil. It resulted in a decisive victory for the Orientals.

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