Monday, October 12, 2009
October 12 is the 285th day of the year (286th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 80 days remaining until the end of the year.
Today is Columbus Day in the United States. From Wikipedia:
Many countries in the New World and elsewhere celebrate the anniversary of Christopher Columbus's arrival in the Americas, which occurred on October 12, 1492 in the Julian calendar and October 21, 1492 in the modern Gregorian calendar, as an official holiday. The day is celebrated as Columbus Day in the United States, as Día de la Raza (Day of the (Hispanic) race) in many countries in the Americas, as Día de las Culturas (Day of the Cultures) in Costa Rica, as Discovery Day in the Bahamas, as Día de la Hispanidad and Fiesta Nacional in Spain, as Día de las Américas (Day of the Americas) in Uruguay and as Día de la Resistencia Indígena (Day of Indigenous Resistance) in Venezuela. These holidays have been celebrated unofficially since the late 18th century, and officially in various countries since the early 20th century.
In 1934, Columbus Day became an official Federal holiday. It has celebrated on the second Monday in October since 1971. Most people I know celebrate it by going to big sales. I live in the American Southwest, and work with many Native Americans - they don't consider Columbus a hero, but more of an invader. (just FYI)
Also from Wikipedia: In Canada, this day is Thanksgiving Day (since 1957). Canadians have cleverly planned a 3 day weekend for their holiday. Hey, Congress, can we move the US Thanksgiving to Friday? (Just a thought)
While the actual Thanksgiving holiday is on a Monday, Canadians might eat their Thanksgiving meal on any day of the three-day weekend, though Sunday and Monday are the most common. While Thanksgiving is usually celebrated with a large family meal, it is also often a time for weekend getaways to observe the autumn leaves, spend one last weekend at the cottage, or participate in various outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing, and hunting.
Finally, having put 12 October into Wikipedia, I found out today is National Coming Out Day in the United Kingdom. Who Knew?
National Coming Out Day is an internationally-observed civil awareness day for coming out and discussion about gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) issues. It is observed by members of the LGBT communities and their supporters (often referred to as "allies") on October 11 every year, or October 12 in the United Kingdom.
So, today, I am off work (regular day off, anyway). Won't get any mail delivered. Banks are closed. Bought something online that was on sale. Plan to go to the gym and eat out afterward (celebrating in honorof my Canadian friends). And I should send an Email to my gay ffriend in Texas. I probably have many more Gay friends, but they aren't out.