Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

No Columbus Day in Columbus, Ohio? City says it can't afford one

Columbus Day 2018: What Is Open & Closed On The Holiday? Columbus Day: What's open and closed on Monday?
Kenny Thornton | 09 October, 2018, 09:45

Columbus Day, honoring explorer Christopher Columbus, falls on the second Monday of October-in 2018, that's October 8.

Twenty-six years ago, Columbus Day in Columbus, Ohio was celebrated with a $95 million, 88-acre floral wonderland.

Joseph Contino said with the explorer as its namesake, Columbus should have embraced the day to celebrate both Italian and indigenous cultures.

Like with banks, the post office is closed on federal holidays, so there will be no mail on October 8 this year.

Basically, it's hard to tell if banks, post offices, schools, and the stock market are open or closed on Columbus Day.

Federal offices: Because Columbus Day is a federal holiday, federal offices will be closed.

Columbus announced last week that it won't be closing for business, saying it prefers to emphasize Veterans Day instead. "We thought that was something that was important". The Stock Market is open Columbus Day, but the bond markets are closed.

For the first time, Columbus, Ohio didn't celebrate Columbus Day, and many cities and states are now celebrating Indigenous peoples day or Native American day to replace Columbus Day.

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But this federal holiday ― and the monuments that celebrate Columbus as an uncomplicated hero ― must go.

"We have a number of veterans who work for the city, and there are so many here in Columbus", Davis said.

President Trump's proclamations for Columbus Day this year and in 2017 have lacked any acknowledgment of the plight of Native Americans, in contrast to former president Barack Obama, who noted in his 2015 proclamation that we "also recognize the suffering inflicted upon Native Americans and we recommit to strengthening tribal sovereignty and maintaining our strong ties". Not everyone is on-board with honoring Columbus. We took red crayons to the crusader flag, never realizing then that it was the same color as the blood our ancestors shed during colonization at the hands of Columbus and his Spanish conquistadors.

Amid the controversy, another person wrote that if the name Columbus is so polarizing, the city shouldn't stop at the holiday: It should change its name altogether.

The New York Stock Exchange, Nasdaq, and other major USA markets are all open like usual on Columbus Day. Columbus was eventually arrested by the Spanish Crown and stripped of his governorship for executing Spanish citizens without a trial. "It has been well documented, even in Columbus' diaries, that he and his men committed the most inhumane and grotesque atrocities against indigenous men, women and children".

The first New York City Indigenous Peoples Day celebration was in 2015, when 6,000 indigenous people and their supporters gathered on Randall's Island.

"We believe Christopher Columbus represents the values of discovery and risk that are at the heart of the American dream, and that it is our job as the community most closely associated with his legacy to be at the forefront of a sensitive and engaging path forward, toward a solution that considers all sides", he wrote. Not mentioned were the words indigenous people or Native Americans.

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