Discovery Day

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Discovery Day is the name of several holidays commemorating the discovery of land, gold, and other significant national discoveries.

The Bahamas[edit]

In the Bahamas Discovery Day is a public holiday on October 12, celebrating the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the New World in 1492. It coincides with the Columbus Day celebrations of many other countries in the Americas. Columbus's initial landfall was on the now-unknown island of Guanahani in the Bahamas in 1492. If Discovery Day falls on a Saturday or a Sunday, it is observed the following Monday. Schools, banks, public offices and most shops are closed on Discovery Day.

Brazil[edit]

In Brazil, Discovery Day is observed on April 22 each year. This date commemorates the day when Pedro Álvares Cabral became the first European to land in Brazil in 1500 (although this discovery is contested by some).

Canada[edit]

Yukon Order of Pioneers, Discovery Day, August 17, 1913.

In Yukon, Canada Discovery Day is a public holiday on the third Monday in August commemorating the anniversary of the discovery of gold in 1896, which started the Klondike Gold Rush.

In Newfoundland and Labrador, it is observed on the Monday nearest June 24 and commemorates John Cabot's discovery of Newfoundland in 1497.

Cayman Islands[edit]

Discovery Day in the Cayman Islands commemorates the discovery of the Sister Islands of Cayman Brac and Little Cayman by Christopher Columbus in 1503. The public holiday is celebrated on the third Monday in May.

Colombia[edit]

Colombia celebrates October 12 as "Discovery Day", coinciding with the Columbus Day celebrations of many other countries in the New World.

Hispaniola[edit]

The date in 1492 that Christopher Columbus landed on the [Hispaniola, on west coast of the island Hispaniola now Haiti on Mole St. Nicolas today Haiti then divided into two countries that later became Santo Domingo], December 5, is also called Discovery Day. It is celebrated all throughout the island of Hispaniola (Haiti and Dominican Republic).

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