Día de la Raza or Columbus Day?

Well, it depends on who you ask.  But, for some in Latin America and even in The States, Columbus Day is known as a day that reveres the indigenous and its history.

I apologize for the zombie-like state the Spanish are giving.  Or, the subservient positioning that the painter gives the original inhabitants.  Perhaps this can be an insight into how sometimes we, as Americans, view the holiday.

Nevertheless, I leave you some interesting facts from Wikipedia about Día de La Raza and Columbus Day:

  • Known as Dia de las Raza in many Latin American countries
  • Known as Dia de las Culturas in Costa Rica
  • Known as Dia de la Hispanidad in Spain
  • In 2002, under Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, the name was changed to Día de la Resistencia Indígena (Day of Indigenous Resistance) to commemorate the Indigenous people’s resistance to European settlement.
  • In the state of South Dakota, the day is officially a state holiday known as “Native American Day”, not Columbus Day.

Please leave your comments/feelings about this subject.  I’d love to hear them!