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Columbus Day

Is It Time To Get Rid Of Columbus Day?

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 01.11.2013 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES -- California could soon be the next state to do away with Columbus Day thanks to a bill proposed by Assemblymember Roger Hernandez (D-Wes...

PHOTOS: 10 Perfect October Getaways

Cheapflights | Posted 12.13.2012 | Travel

The takeaway: People looking for October flights seem to be chasing fall foliage, football and falling prices. Many of these towns have even more to offer.

Take Action for Indigenous Peoples in the Wake of Columbus Day

Nina Wegner | Posted 12.10.2012 | Impact
Nina Wegner

Right now is the perfect time to think about those throughout history and across the world who, because of their regional, cultural, or ethnic ties, have been colonized, marginalized, displaced, or oppressed.

How to Celebrate Columbus Day: Smack the Doughnuts From Your Co-workers' Hands, Claim Them as Your Own, Then Give Them Smallpox

El Guapo | Posted 12.08.2012 | Comedy
El Guapo

Today is the only day of the year where you have carte blanche to take whatever your gluttonous heart desires from others and claim it as your own, without legal repercussions.

Tens Of Thousands Celebrate Italian Pride In Columbus Day Parade | Posted 10.08.2012 | New York

NEW YORK CITY -- Tens of thousands of parade-goers lined up along Fifth Avenue Monday for the 68th annual Columbus Day Parade. The parade, which st...

7 Hilarious Columbus Day Memes

Posted 10.09.2012 | Black Voices

Happy Columbus Day! There's nothing like a three-day weekend or an Italian pride parade to start off the week in celebration of the explorer's discove...

On Columbus Day, It's Time to Rethink Our 'Manifest Destiny'

Richard Steiner | Posted 12.08.2012 | Green
Richard Steiner

There is a better way to govern our last frontiers. The first thing we need is a "timeout." We need a lot more science, and more deliberate thinking about whether this frontier development will help, or hinder, our quest for a sustainable future.

What Did You Buy This Weekend?

The Huffington Post | Dana Oliver | Posted 10.08.2012 | Style

Show us your fab buys!

Why Do We STILL Celebrate Columbus Day?

Nancy Redd | Posted 12.08.2012 | Politics
Nancy Redd

No one likes holidays more than I do, but Columbus Day has to take the cake when it comes to holidays that just don't seem worthy of celebration.

Overrated White People

Marc Lamont Hill | Posted 12.08.2012 | Black Voices
Marc Lamont Hill

To honor the true spirit of Columbus Day, I have created my own list of overrated white people. Of course, this list is not exhaustive, as there are countless other White people who are equally underwhelming.

The Children Of Columbus: The Multinationals And Their Courtiers

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 12.08.2012 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

As the nation commemorates the life and adventures of Christopher Columbus, let's not forget his 21st Century descendants: the multinational corporations who span the globe in search of wealth.

PHOTOS: 'Discovering Columbus' Is A Hit

AP | KAREN MATTHEWS | Posted 12.08.2012 | New York

NEW YORK — Anyone hoping to commune with Christopher Columbus on Columbus Day will be disappointed: He's booked solid. Monday's tickets to the c...

Goodbye Columbus? Celebrating Old Christopher Falling Out of Favor

Howard Barbanel | Posted 12.07.2012 | Politics
Howard Barbanel

There needs to be a middle ground. While a lot of bad happened in the creation of the Americas, a lot of really good good has come of it.

Columbus Day and the Arab Spring

Nancy Rubin Stuart | Posted 12.05.2012 | World
Nancy Rubin Stuart

Five hundred and twenty years ago this weekend, Christopher Columbus crossed the Atlantic and discovered -- or, more accurately, "rediscovered" -- Nor...

Where To Shop & Save This Columbus Day

The Huffington Post | Posted 10.08.2012 | Style

Columbus Day is one of the most enjoyable holidays!

PHOTOS: Do The Columbus Day Regatta Right

The Huffington Post | Joey Francilus | Posted 10.05.2012 | Miami

This weekend, thousands are expected to crowd the shores and waters of Biscayne Bay for races, leisure boating, and parties in advance of Monday's Col...

This Columbus Day... Time to Break the Silence

Bill Bigelow | Posted 12.04.2012 | Education
Bill Bigelow

Corporate textbooks and children's biographies of Columbus are filled with misinformation. After all, Columbus did not merely "discover," he took over.

'TOON: What If Columbus Had Relied On Apple Maps?

Posted 10.02.2012 | Latino Voices

Leave it to Lalo Alcaraz to synthesize the hubbub around Apple's deeply flawed Maps product in the new iOS6 by reminding us all that in just a few day...

Your Turn: Parades

Posted 03.09.2012 | Women

We live on the park in New York, where there seems to be a parade at least a few times a month, for every nationality that there is. Have you ever mar...

Before and After 1492

Alyson Renaldo | Posted 12.14.2011 | Impact
Alyson Renaldo

This passed Monday I breathed an uncomfortable sigh seeing my neighborhood banking institutions 'closed in observance of Columbus day.'

Principal Bans Halloween Costumes, Says Holiday Is 'Problematic'

Posted 12.14.2011 | Education

A Massachusetts elementary school principal has lashed out against traditional American holidays, banning costumes in school for Halloween and telling...

Protesters In Training: Kids 'Occupy Wall Street'

Posted 12.11.2011 | Impact

Rather than spend their day off hanging out with friends or watching television, a few dozen children crafted signs and fervently waved them at Occupy...

The Real Christopher Columbus

Carolita Johnson | Posted 12.10.2011 | Comedy
Carolita Johnson


St. Ursula And The Virgins Of The Caribbean

Bob Schulman | Posted 12.10.2011 | Religion
Bob Schulman

Christopher Columbus was cruising around the eastern Caribbean in 1493 when he spotted a bunch of islands so pristine he named the lovely dots in the blue-green waters "Las Virgenes."

I Don't Have To Celebrate Columbus

Vito de la Cruz | Posted 12.10.2011 | Latino Voices
Vito de la Cruz

Of course, I understand, as I type this piece on my laptop, that Columbus' exposure of the New World made exploration inevitable and that we are who we are today, in large part because he triggered that European curiosity. But, I don't have to celebrate the man, his misdeeds, or his arrogant, short-sighted waste of human life.