In Los Angeles, Columbus Day is out; Indigenous Peoples Day is in

In Los Angeles, Columbus Day is out; Indigenous Peoples Day is in

Just this year, more and more cities have made a decision to ditch Columbus Day and instead celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day every second Monday of October.

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

Columbus Day has been a federal holiday since the 1930s, but as of 2015, less than half of US states had moved to give their employees a paid day off on the day.

Although the holiday was not officially observed on Monday, that didn't stop Columbus residents from getting their Italian on: the annual Columbus Italian Festival held its annual three-day celebration, which attracts over 35,00 visitors every year, over the weekend, according to the group's website.

"It means that we're changing our focus away from the idea that Columbus discovered America when there were already thousands of people who lived here, and celebrating the fact that indigenous people have survived", Wood said. Others say it should remain a celebration of Italian culture and heritage.

Over the weekend Donald Trump issued a proclamation declaring Monday 8 October as Columbus Day.

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"Columbus Day was a big part of our lives", Suozzi said. On Columbus Day, we honor his remarkable accomplishments as a navigator, and celebrate his voyage into the unknown expanse of the Atlantic Ocean.

O'Farrell was principal sponsor of legislation the council passed previous year designating the second Monday of October as Indigenous Peoples Day in place of Columbus Day in the nation's second-largest city. I call upon the people of the United States to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

"Socialism in action. Our Capital City is even named after Christopher Columbus". The states of Alaska, Florida, Hawaii, Oregon, South Dakota and Vermont have replaced Columbus Day with Indigenous People's Day. The same year, Associated Students of the University of New Mexico urged UNM administration to celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Resistance and Resilience Day. In blue states especially, communities now recognize Columbus as a slaveholder, rapist and plunderer of gold; a total of 56 cities and four states have followed Berkeley's example. The first and perhaps most famous Columbus monuments sits in Tower Grove Park in St. Louis.

"We have been commemorating here on Alcatraz Island where it all started since 1979, the day of Indigenous Peoples, to counter the myth and the lies and history that are presented by the commemoration and dedication of a national holiday to a colonial pirate that brought genocide to this continent", Carmen said.

On the other side of the holiday, Columbus is a major figure in Italian-American history.

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