Columbus Day is a U.S. holiday observed on the second Monday in October.

It commemorates the arrival of Christopher Columbus, an Italian explorer, in the Americas on October 12, 1492. Here are some key points about Columbus Day:

Christopher Columbus: Christopher Columbus was an Italian explorer who embarked on a historic voyage across the Atlantic Ocean in 1492.

He sailed from Spain with the aim of finding a westward route to Asia but instead reached islands in the Caribbean, including what is now the Bahamas.

Historical Significance: Columbus's arrival in the Americas is considered a pivotal moment in history,

as it marked the beginning of sustained contact between the Old World (Europe) and the New World (the Americas).

First Celebration: The first recorded celebration of Columbus Day in the United States dates back to 1792, on the 300th anniversary of Columbus's voyage.