I appreciate the significance of Columbus’ “discovery” of America. But the only celebrations, that I know of, are a few parades to honor the explorer in Italian-American communities. All in all a pretty lame holiday, devoid of traditions and ways of making merry.
Wouldn’t be a lot more fun if we recognized Eric the Red et al with a Vikings Day?
Think about it. Berserker parties, meat cooking on open pits, free flowing alchoholic beverages, community mock-funeral pyres, warrior games, long boats, pillaging, terrified villagers…
Besides, it would finally give me a good reason to wear my fur-lined horned helmet!