Celebrating Columbus Day: an Italian holiday

Oct 12, 2013 392

by Silvia Simonetti

Despite last winter's attempt to remove it from the list of official holidays observed in California and to replace it with the Native American Day, the historic Columbus Day has been saved, and it will be celebrated next Monday by the Italian American community in Los Angeles within the special framework of 2013 - Year of the Italian Culture in the United States.

In the 19th century, Italian immigrants to the United States started considering and commemorating Columbus Day as a tribute to the Italian heritage, being Christopher Columbus native of Genoa in Northern Italy. But only in 1934, U.S. Congress and President F. D. Roosevelt proclaimed it a federal holiday falling on the second Monday of October.

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Fonte: L'italo-Americano

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