Monday, October 10, 2016

Buenos Aires Holidays: Day of Respect for Cultural Diversity

Technically this isn't an "extra holiday," since it coincides with Columbus day in the US, but it's worth talking about. Many countries in the Americas celebrate this holiday: the anniversary of Columbus' arrival in the new world. Originally celebrating the 'civilizing' of the Americas, the focus was changed due to the massive disrespect they showed to the native cultures, many of which were massacred by the conquistadores. Now the holiday is about education and cultural displays by the descendents of the various indigenous peoples in the Americas. 

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