Columbus Day (observed) & Leif Erikson Day.

Norwegian CoffeeColumbus Day is a national holiday in many countries of the Americas and elsewhere, and a federal holiday in the United States, which officially celebrates the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s arrival in the Americas on October 12, 1492.

There is the argument that the first person to step foot in the America’s is Leif Erikson:

Leif Erikson Day is an annual observance that occurs on October 9. It honors Leif Erikson, the Norse explorer who led the first Europeans thought to have set foot in continental North America.

Leif Erikson Day is commemorated on October 9 in honor of the ship Restauration, which arrived in New York on October 9, 1825, from Norway. This marked the beginning of organized immigration from Norway to the United States.

One of dievca’s Sister-In-Laws is of Norwegian descent. dievca remembers the Grandmother coming to her Brother’s wedding in full Norwegian Folk Dress with a braided crown. Fabulous.

Wait! she forgot! Master is 1/2 Norwegian, too. Sending a little love~

One Comment on “Columbus Day (observed) & Leif Erikson Day.”

  1. jeandeberg says:

    Here in Boston, a large bronze statue of Leif Ericson has occupied a fairly prominent spot at the end of the Commonwealth Ave. Mall since 1887. It’s said to be the first civic commemoration of him anywhere in the United States and is the work of Anne Whitney, a prominent artist and outspoken feminist of her day. (She seems to have had a thing for old Leif, as she cast not one, but two statues of him during her career)

    A more recent statue to Columbus stands in the newly created Christopher Columbus Park, a mile or so away in the Italian North End — though poor Chris was furloughed for a time after Native American activists decapitated him several Thanksgivings past.

    To my knowledge, no local statuary as yet dedicated to the tribal folks who kept the Pilgrim Fathers from starving to death that first winter here.


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