Why do we celebrate Columbus getting lost?

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We all know that in 1492 Columbus discovered America.  But where the heck was he really going?  The East Indies. 

We are reminded that Monday is a Holiday to celebrate Columbus and his discovery.  Anyone even remember his first name?  Christopher.

In New York we find a monument dedicated to the famed explorer in Columbus circle.  Try and get around that at rush hour.  No wonder the guy got lost.

Original content by Barb Van Stensel


Columbus Day 2011


October 10, 2011 is a nationally declared holiday where the Banks will once again be closed and the post office all because Columbus got lost.


I never could understand Columbus Day as a child because I read the stories, the books, did the research and it just amazed me that Columbus was to hit one point and landed in another.  Yet, we declared back in 1906, that we should celebrate a day for a man getting lost?! 


Flip side of the coin for Columbus going off course, just a tad, is actually that Columbus Day is a day of observance, celebrating our heritage. A day to just step back and not forget where we came from and where we are today. 

And so, Chicago will have their annual Columbus Day Parade acknowledging our heritage.

In 1906, Colorado made Columbus Day a State Holiday.  Soon after others followed and some state do not, still to this day, observe Columbus Day.

So, my childhood concept of why in the world would we be celebrating a day when Columbus, who ventured out to reach the Americas, got lost and missed his landing point, would be celebrated and now be a national holiday has come full circle.

Columbus Day, while observed, is also Thanksgiving Day for our neighboring friends in Canada.

And as always, the U.S. Mail Service will be down but the internet doesn't take holidays!




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Comments (12)

Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216,www.JeremiahNewman.com - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

Bonnie, I have often wander why we celebrate Columbus getting lost too. But, it appears that it's just another day for all the banks, and post offices to be closed. Thank goodness the intranet is never closed.

Oct 09, 2011 11:19 AM
Sharon Lord
Maracay Homes - Peoria, AZ
New Home Advisor

Bonnie - it seems odd to me, too, that we celebrate Chris Columbus' "oops".  Oh well.....banks and post offices have ANOTHER day off, but we are booked solid!

Oct 09, 2011 11:22 AM
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

I just don't know why we observe this day at all.  There were many inhabitants in the "Americas" prior to Columbus "discovering" it.  He just made Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand very wealthy and they were responsible for the tortuous Spanish Inquisition.

Oct 09, 2011 11:24 AM
Randy Ostrander
Lake and Lodge Realty LLC - Big Rapids, MI
Real Estate Broker, Serving Big Rapids and West Central MI

Maybe it is to remind us that sometimes our mistakes are our blessings and we need to just let things play out before we get too excited. I can think of a few boo boo's that ended up great achievements. Didn't Fleming discover Penicillin by mistake? Christopher was off a little but we have all benefited. lol

Oct 09, 2011 11:44 AM
Bonnie Vaughan
Scranton, PA
CNE SFR - Buyers/Sellers - Lackawanna & Surroundin

Jerry,  Geez what would we do if we did not have that day off?  Work.  Although we still work anyway. 

Oct 09, 2011 11:54 AM
Bonnie Vaughan
Scranton, PA
CNE SFR - Buyers/Sellers - Lackawanna & Surroundin

Sharon:  So that holiday thing does not work for you either huh?  A holiday rolls around when I make a mad dash for the bank and realize......ooops it's a holiday.

Oct 09, 2011 11:56 AM
Bonnie Vaughan
Scranton, PA
CNE SFR - Buyers/Sellers - Lackawanna & Surroundin

But Carla - if not for Columbus who would have discovered us?  We might still be wandering around undiscovered. LOL

Oct 09, 2011 11:57 AM
Bonnie Vaughan
Scranton, PA
CNE SFR - Buyers/Sellers - Lackawanna & Surroundin

Randy,  Now that you reminded me I think I discovered my husband thay way.  He was my instructor in a vocational school and I cussed him out the first day I met him, and thought Oh Lord What A Mistake.  We've been at it ever since.

Oct 09, 2011 12:00 PM
Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate
Kelly Right Real Estate - Hood River, OR
Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs

Funny point! But, hey, I'll take the day off!


Oct 09, 2011 01:02 PM
Bonnie Vaughan
Scranton, PA
CNE SFR - Buyers/Sellers - Lackawanna & Surroundin

Gretchen enjoy your day off.  Go to some of those Columbus day sales

Oct 09, 2011 01:15 PM
Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker


The Italian explorer Cristoforo Colombo, was called "Cristóbal Colón" by the Spanish,  Christopher Columbus by Americans.

Fly the Flag high tomorrow, in tribute to this great man.

Oct 09, 2011 03:53 PM
Bonnie Vaughan
Scranton, PA
CNE SFR - Buyers/Sellers - Lackawanna & Surroundin

Even when he was off track it turned out to be a good thing.  Funny how fate is.

Oct 10, 2011 02:07 AM

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