October is a good month for holidays in North America. At the end of the month we have the collision of the Celtic Samhain with the Aztec / Spanish Dia de los Muertos which swirled into Halloween. But in the middle is the difficult holiday, the one where we celebrate the connection of this continent with the rest of the world. And the three brother nations of this continent have their own ways of marking it. This is a repeat from 2011, updated.
To our North, in Canada, the nearest Monday to October 12th is Thanksgiving, this year on the 9th. To our South, in Mexico, the 12th is Dia de la Raza. Our brother nations here in North America have found things to celebrate in the early days of Autumn, but here in the USofA we have nothing but the pseudo-holiday Columbus Day – something we’ve tossed over our shoulders and given up on.
This may be a measure of our ability to get anything together.