Happy Columbus Day Everyone! May this holiday be a memorably happy day!
P/S Even if you don't celebrate it, a long weekend is something everyone can be thankful for! And also for all my Canadian friends out there: Happy Thanksgiving guys!!!
I doubt that Columbus Day is a happy day for the Native Americans. The same can be said about Thanksgiving Day as well. What are they to be thankful for? America needs to rethink what these two holidays means, especially, in this time of globalization and diversity. We cannot adhere to the values that are in many ways in conflict with how most Americans feel today.
In Canada (and for a lot of forward-thinking Americans as well), Thanksgiving has nothing to do with pilgrims and Native Americans. It's simply a day for giving thanks. And that, by itself, is a good thing.
On any given holiday in Singapore, I am thankful for the time away from my work. On such holidays, I get to spend more time with those that I love and care for. I am thankful for the opportunity to be with the ones that I work so hard for.
This is what the holidays mean to me, my friend.
I am unable to comment on the many ways in which certain values may come into conflict with how most Americans feel. Please accept my humble apologies, my friend.
May you share this holiday with the ones whom you hold close to your heart, my friend.
You are sweet to care so much about everyone. Also, I agree with you when you say the most important thing about holidays is who you share it with.
Yes, Happy Columbus Day! A day when Americans celebrate the accidental discovery of a relatively peaceful continent and the subsequent colonization of land that already belonged to someone else. Without Columbus, disease, alcoholism -- and what many would call genocide -- millions of pesky Indians might be alive today! Only in America are children taught to celebrate such a travesty.
While we can never erase the atrocities that have marred our history, we can choose to learn valuable lessons from them and find ways and means to ensure that they are never repeated.
Yes, thank God the American military has seen the error of their ways. I'd hate to think what state the world might be in if they were still invading and destroying the lands of other people.
The military is but a vehicle driven by a goverment. What the military does depends on the orders it recieves from the government.
Governments are voted into office. For all our sakes, may the coming Presidential Elections see a good turnout.
It's a troublesome holiday - Columbus didn't discover America and Native Americans still heavily resent the problems he and his exploration created. I'll be cooking some native American food Monday,
In the Berkeley public school system (where I spent most of my grade school years), it was called "Indigenous People's Day."
Send me some munches, Patty? I'm disappointed that I'm missing out on my mum's side of the family's Thanksgiving celebrations up in Ottawa.
Thanks for the update, Maddie. I learn something new everyday.
I think Canadian thanksgiving would be lots of fun.
How about the Native version of elephant ears -- Those would survive mailing to California.
Now that's making some progress, imo. I even saw that notation on a calendar the other day and wondered about it. Thanks, Maddie!.
Happy Columbus Day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thanksgiving here is just like in the US...without the pilgrims of course
I just had my turkey dinner...yum.
Always more fun at a friends house or another country.
It is really shameful to enjoy a day when atrocities began!
Americans did not change since those days. They N-bombed Japan (I had been in
Hiroshima last month). Forget Vietnam?
Their atrocities are continuing in Iraq.
Are the military responsible or the Government? American people themselves?
Thanks but no thanks.
Actually, America would never have gotten involved in that if the French hadn't screwed up so utterly.
I'm simply celebrating a day away from the day job!
Just Googled up a group that's trying to transform the occasion:
Berkeley's just over the hill from my place. Might find some ways to celebrate Indigenous People's Day.
Columbus Day should be renamed Native Americans' Day here in America. Why celebrate a man that accidentally "discovered America," when we could make the day about celebrating the rich cultures of Native Americans?! When I was in high school my history teachers were informed enough to teach that Columbus was not the hero that previous generations had made him out to be. As a college major all I can say is we did not have much great to say about Columbus, at least here in Southern California. Many teachers no longer teach that Columbus is a hero, just to clarify. Native Americans' Day is an alternative name for Indigenous Peoples Day, but both are used interchangeably.
http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/us/ … ricans-day
Terence -- You don't need to apologize, it was obvious that you were just being cheery. It's just a touchy subject for some, as many Americans do tend to be blissfully ignorant when it comes to history of any kind.
Please do not feel the need to apologize for being a positive, upbeat and sweet Singaporean man.
You're above the snipe-y negativity, don't let it get to you. ((HUGS))
by Ronnie wrenchBiscuit 4 years ago
Perhaps it is unfair to expect Americans to stop celebrating Columbus Day cold turkey. Let's face it, although there are exceptions to the rule, no one would expect a 4 year old child to start riding a bicycle without training wheels. I believe that a gradual "weaning away" process would...
by grinnin1 6 years ago
How does a country ever make up for wiping out it's first inhabitants? Inhabitants who loved and revered the land and watched it greedily devoured by invaders?? What is the price America pays for what it did? How can we atone for what we did and why haven't we done more?
by Jack Lee 15 months ago
It is Columbus Day. What is the controversy?When I was growing up, we were taught American history. Columbus, with his three ships, sailed from Spain discovered America in 1492...The rest is history...
by Jack Lee 2 years ago
Just want to wish all a very happy Thanksgiving this holiday season. Let't not forget the reason for this American Holiday. We thank the Creator for our many blessings!
by Mahaveer Sanglikar 6 years ago
When most of the Americans are known by their country or region of origin, i.e. African Americans, Asian Americans, British Americans, Chinese American etc, I wonder are American Americans are in minority in America?
by Deforest 3 years ago
http://youtu.be/88k2imkGIFAA vibrant testimony of what the Indians in Canada suffered from the Anglo-Saxon Catholics. In the US, Australia, Canada it seems like the white Anglo-Saxons perpetrated ethnic cleansing with impunity. WrenchBiscuit, I dedicate you this document, as a testimony of the...
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