Día de la Raza or Columbus Day or Bartolomé Day or Francisco Marroquín Day?

Rudy Giron: AntiguaDailyPhoto.com &emdash; The Maya Musicians in Antigua Guatemala

As every Día de la Raza I would like to share with you the faces of cultural resistance in a world where identity is being erased or blended, in Guatemala the Maya people represent a strong hold for the Guatemalan identity.

In Guatemala and many countries in Latin America, October 12 is a national holiday known as Día de la Raza or Day of the Race. October 12 is celebrated as Columbus Day in the United States, as Día de la Raza in many countries in the Americas, as Discovery Day in the Bahamas, as Día de la Hispanidad and Fiesta Nacional in Spain and as Día de las Américas (Day of the Americas) in Uruguay. These holidays have been celebrated unofficially since the late 18th century, and officially in various countries since the early 20th century.

Have a Happy Bartolomé Day!

What’s that you asked… well read on the awesome coverage about Columbus and Bartolmé at The Oatmeal based on the original texts found in the books “A People’s History of the United States” by Howard Zinn, and “Lies My Teacher Told Me” by James W. Loewen.

Have a Happy Francisco Marroquín Day!
Still, history will never be complete, but we can aspire to a fuller picture and to that end, if you know Spanish, please, watch the magnificent talk “Francisco Marroquín y Bartolomé de las Casas: una querella histórica” by Francisco Pérez de Antón.

Have a Happy Día de la Raza!

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