On this day, we commemorate the voyage of Christopher Columbus to the Americas in 1492. It has been observed as an anniversary of the voyage since colonial times but began to be officially observed in 1937. However, virtually no businesses close in observation of the holiday, and some states have decided to remove it from the list of paid holidays for the state employees. There is no mail delivery and the banks are closed for business on the holiday.
Today, some states have opted not to recognize Columbus Day as a holiday at all, such as Alaska, Hawaii and South Dakota. There is a controversy whether Columbus Day should be a holiday.
Columbus Day was originally held on 12 October every year to coincide with the anniversary of Columbus’s arrival. In 1971, the date of the holiday was changed to the second Monday in October.
Anyway, happy Columbus Day to those who celebrate it.