I am not quite sure what this day is supposed to be celebrating, other than naked consumerism. I celebrated(?) by going shopping for things I needed anyway, so I’m not sure that counts as a proper celebration. My FB feed informed me this weekend that Columbus Day is horrible because a Mean White Man did something impressive that eventually resulted in the overthrow of Innocent Brown People’s cultures; the part where the brown people were regularly going to war against each other, enslaving each other, and then engaging in gory human sacrifice of each other – before the Conquistadors arrived and then the Pope outlawed slavery of the indigenous peoples – wasn’t mentioned.
However, there is one thing about Columbus Day that we should all remember: getting invaded by colonists doesn’t generally go well for the local peoples.