Day of the People

The word Holiday comes to us from the Old English hāligdæg, which means “holy day.” The U.S. has 11 federal holidays that tell the story of this nation. In recent years, we witnessed a popular movement to change this weekend to National Indigenous People’s Day, but on the federal calendar, it remains Columbus Day. Many people think this holiday has been with us for centuries, but it has only existed as a federal holiday since 1971. Columbus’ impact on the world is unquestionable, but is this the reason our nation recognizes this Holy Day?