Columbus Day has been celebrated for many centuries in many countries. In America it’s used as a celebration of Italian Heritage. Sure there are many that paint Columbus as the leader of the genocide of the Native America, but they fail to recognize that what we regard as the North American southwest, Central America and South America were dominated by the Conquistadors who came from Spain and Portugal. That’s why the national language in central and south America is either Spanish or Portuguese (Brazil).
So today, it’s great to celebrate the Italian heritage. Go to a red sauce joint and have some ravioli with a glass of chianti, with a little spumoni for desert. Listen to some Frank Sinatra or Tony Bennett. Sing “That’s Amore” with Dean Martin. Watch a video clip of Joe DiMaggio or Yogi Berra playing baseball. Know that physicist Enrico Fermi’s genius helped get us out of WWII.
What makes America exceptional is how we are made up of and embrace so many cultures, and today is our day to embrace our Italian heritage. Eh, paisano?