Dia de la Raza

Today is an important holiday throughout the Spanish-speaking parts of the lands we know as The Americas.  Not one land but many, they are all united by the simple fact that on 12 October 1492 their worlds changed forever.  The holiday is known throughout most of these lands as Dia de la Raza, which translates poorly as “Day of the Race”.  Understanding just what “la Raza” means and where the term comes from is critical to understanding this holiday, how it is celebrated, and how it is often impossible to take language out of a culture and still appreciate its meaning.

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