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Columbus Day in Mexico

Many Mexicans observe October 12 as Columbus Day, or Day of the Race (Día de la Raza) in remembrance of when Christopher Columbus came to the Americas.

Christopher Columbus sailed 4 voyages to the Americas.
Christopher Columbus sailed 4 voyages to the Americas.

Celebrate Columbus Day

Columbus Day is viewed as a celebration of Hispanic heritage for Mexicans who celebrate it. However, it has also been a day chosen for protests, rallies and street marches in past years.

Public life

Columbus Day is an observance and not a statutory federal holiday in Mexico.

About Columbus Day

Columbus Day commemorates when Italian explorer Christopher Columbus (Cristóbal Colón in Spanish) landed on an island in the Bahamas on October 12, 1492. He was not the first person to discover the Americas but he established contact between Renaissance Europe and the indigenous peoples he encountered. With support from the Spanish monarchy, he completed four voyages that eventually instigated the Spanish colonization of the New World (eg. the Americas). Columbus Day has raised not just praise but also skepticism, as it serves as a reminder of conflicts that arose later between Spanish conquerors and indigenous peoples.

Did you know?

Pope Leo XIII rejected a proposal for Columbus’ sainthood. It is believed that the proposal was turned down because Columbus had an illegitimate son.

Columbus Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday type
TueOct 122010Columbus DayObservance
WedOct 122011Columbus DayObservance
FriOct 122012Columbus DayObservance
SatOct 122013Columbus DayObservance
SunOct 122014Columbus DayObservance
MonOct 122015Columbus DayObservance
WedOct 122016Columbus DayObservance
ThuOct 122017Columbus DayObservance
FriOct 122018Columbus DayObservance
SatOct 122019Columbus DayObservance
MonOct 122020Columbus DayObservance

Quick Facts

Columbus Day is celebrated in Mexico in honor of an Italian explorer who came to the Americas during the 15th century.

Columbus Day 2015

Monday, October 12, 2015

Columbus Day 2016

Wednesday, October 12, 2016


Name in other languages

Columbus DayEnglish
Día de la RazaSpanish

Alternative name

Día de la Hispanidad

List of dates for other years

Other holidays in October 2015 in Mexico

Fun Holiday on October 12, 2015

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