I know that everyone knows that Columbus day is a day of celebration that honors Christopher Columbus' discovery of America, but did you know that this holiday has been celebrated since 1920?(Website on Columbus day) I had thought that it's first celebration would have been on the day that Columbus discovered America. It's amazing what information one can find when looking on the internet.
The voyage started on Aug 3, 1942 and ended on March 15, 1943. This was, at the time the longest voyage taken with no land in sight. Apparently the Santa Maria was lost at sea just after the discovery of America and Columbus rode home on the Nina. The Nina and the Pinta were separated on their voyage but the arrived at their home port within a few hours of each other.
I don't know why, but I do find history fascinating! I guess because it gives us an idea of how we got here. My history teacher in high school was fond of saying "you cannot know where are going until you know where you have been". I can see a lot of truth in this.
Growing up, Columbus day always meant no school, and dad would be home. Dad would always cook dinner on the grill and we would go play at the park after dinner. I love the holidays (any one of them, with the exception of Valentine's day....I'll go into this another time..LOL), I always have. I think thought that Halloween is probably my favorite (maybe this is just the witch in me coming out).
Anyhow, my daughter, my friend Mike and I went to Corpus Christi a few years back. We went to the Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History. We got to see the remakes of these ships. They were done to be identical to the originals. Only one was actually in the water, I believe it was the Santa Maria. The other two were at the time dry docked in the museum for refurbishing. It was wonderful to see these ships. I just wish that I could find my pictures from this trip. It was so much fun.
This year, we plan on cooking out on the grill and hopefully inviting some family over to celebrate the day. How are you going to celebrate Columbus Day? I would love to hear your memories of the day.
Have a great day!