Q:

How is Dia de la Raza celebrated?

A:

Dia de la Raza, which translates to Ibero-American Columbus Day, is celebrated on Oct. 12 in Mexico with parades, dancing, parties and food. Dia de la Raza is also celebrated in the United States, but it is known as Columbus Day.

Dia de la Raza commemorates Christopher Columbus landing on an island in the Bahamas on Oct. 12, 1492, which he thought was India when he landed. Though Columbus died still believing that he had made it to India, he was the first to facilitate contact between Europeans and the inhabitants of the American continent.

Other countries celebrate Dia de la Raza as well, but the name varies by country. For example in Spain it is known as Hispanic Day, and in Argentina, it is known as Día de la Diversidad Cultural Americana, which translates to American Cultural Diversity Day. In Chile it is called Día del Descubrimiento de Dos Mundos, which translates to Day of Discovery of Two Worlds, and in Costa Rica, it is Día de las Culturas or Day of Cultures.

The overarching reason to celebrate on Dia de la Raza is the uniting of two worlds that took place as a result of Columbus' landing in 1492.


Is this answer helpful?

Similar Questions

  • Q:

    Is Cinco de Mayo celebrated in Mexico?

    A:

    Cinco de Mayo is a popular celebration in Mexico and the United States. The custom of celebrating on May 5 originated in 1862 and commemorates the battle between Mexico and the French in Puebla.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What is a krewe?

    A:

    In the context of Mardi Gras celebrations, a krewe (pronounced 'crew') is an organization of people who are responsible for arranging events such as parades and balls during the Mardi Gras and Carnival season. The term is most commonly applied to such groups in the United States, particularly in New Orleans. Some of New Orleans' oldest and most famous krewes include the Krewe of Zulu, the Krewe of Rex, the Krewe of Endymion, the Mardi Gras Indians and the Krewe of Bacchus. These krewes are responsible for some of the biggest and most famous parades and events in New Orleans' Mardi Gras celebrations.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Where is the largest Mardi Gras celebration?

    A:

    The annual Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans, Louisiana, is often regarded as the largest and most famous celebration of that specific holiday within the pre-Lent period, with typically more than 1 million people attending the city's parades and festivities. In terms of worldwide celebrations, the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, may be the largest such festival on the planet. This celebration can involve more than 2 million people on each of the five days the Carnival celebration takes place after it begins on the Friday before Ash Wednesday. Both of these famous festivals involve loud celebrations and massive public parades.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How long are the Mardi Gras parades?

    A:

    Mardi Gras parade schedules tend to include start times for parades, but not end times, making it hard to predict exactly how long a parade will take. Factors that influence the duration of the parade include the length of the parade route, with longer routes taking longer to complete.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore