Monday June 24, 2019

Columbus Day 2008

Christopher Columbus monument in Barcelona, Spain.Christopher Columbus monument in Barcelona, Spain.

Columbus Day for the year 2008 is celebrated/ observed on Monday, October 13th.

Columbus Day is on the second Monday of October. It marks the anniversary of Christopher Columbus' arrival to America on October 12, 1492. He was an Italian explorer who took three ships the Santa Maria, Nina, and La Pinta and sailed across the Atlantic Ocean looking for a faster way to get to the Far East and by accident landed in the New World. The day celebrates the landing of Christopher Columbus’s ships in the New World. Later in history another national holiday with old historic roots in America, Thanksgiving Day, was first celebrated in 1621 in Plymouth, Massachusetts by the early settlers who celebrated the work and sacrifice to have a good harvest.

States that don’t celebrate

Florida, Alaska, Hawaii, Vermont, New Mexico, South Dakota and Maine don’t celebrate the day. Iowa and Nevada do not have Columbus Day as an official holiday but mandate that the governor proclaim it by statue each year. California and Texas still recognize the day but it is not an official holiday where government workers get paid time off. There are also several cities around the country that do not celebrate the day and instead celebrate Indigenous Peoples, Day.

Monday, October 13th is day number 287 of the 2008 calendar year with -10 years, -8 months, -11 days until Columbus Day 2008.

More information on Columbus Day. (Traditions, Customs and History)

Columbus Day
Name(s):Columbus Day
Type:Federal Holiday
When:Second Monday in October

October 2008 Holidays

Date Holiday Details Days to Go
Oct 2Eid al-Fitr 2008Muslim-3917
Oct 6Child Health Day 2008Observance-3913
Oct 13Columbus Day 2008Federal Holiday-3906
Oct 9Yom Kippur 2008Jewish-3910
Oct 9Leif Erikson 2008Observance-3910
Oct 9Dussehra 2008Hindu-3910
Oct 14Sukkot 2008Jewish-3905
Oct 16Boss's Day 2008Observance-3903
Oct 21Shemini Atzeret 2008Jewish-3898
Oct 22Simchat Torah 2008Jewish-3897
Oct 28Diwali 2008Hindu-3891
Oct 31Halloween 2008Observance-3888

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