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U.S. Embassy PH, affiliate offices close on Monday for Columbus Day

Philippine Information Agency
11 Oct 2019, 16:38 GMT+10

MANILA, Oct. 11 (PIA)--The Embassy of the United States in the Philippines and its affiliate offices will be closed to the public on Monday, October 14, in observance of Columbus Day.

Columbus Day is one of ten federal holidays recognized nationwide by the United States Government. On the day, Americans commemorate the arrival of the Christopher Columbus in the Americas on October 12, 1492.

It is celebrated every second Monday of October, and has been a federal holiday since 1937.

The Embassy and affiliated offices will resume their regular services on Tuesday, October 15, 2019. (US Embassy PH)

History of Columbus Day

Columbus' voyages across the Atlantic Ocean initiated the European exploration and colonization of the Americas.

While the first voyage in 1492 was immensely significant, Columbus did not actually reach the American mainland until his third voyage in 1498.

Instead, while trying to find a sea route to India, he made landfall on an island in the Bahamas that he named San Salvador.

While there had been celebrations in 1792 to mark the 300th anniversary, Columbus Day was first officially proclaimed by President Benjamin Harrison in 1892, to mark the 400th anniversary of Columbus' landing in the Bahamas.

Colorado was the first US state to make Columbus Day an official holiday and Franklin Roosevelt established the first federal observance of Columbus Day in 1937. Since 1971, the holiday has been celebrated on the second Monday in October. (Source: https://www.officeholidays.com/holidays/usa/columbus-day)

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