Since When Is October 12 a National Holiday?

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Since When Is October 12 a National Holiday?

The following Wednesday, October 12 is a national holiday: as you well know, it is the commemoration of the day when Columbus discovered America, in 1492 (almost 520 years ago). Almost certainly, someone has told you that it was not Columbus, but the Vikings, who first reached America, but that is a separate issue and, given the fact that we have no proofs whatsoever of this, the official date of the discovery is still the one we celebrate.
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What you didn’t know about tennis

There are many things to wonder about during a tennis match – especially during one of those that go on for hours. From, “who came up with hitting a ball with a racket?” to “why is it so hard to keep track of the score?” or “do they have to grunt so loud when they hit the ball?” Well, have tried to come up with the answers. And it turns out some of them are pretty striking.
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The Holy Week (Semana Santa)

The Holy Week is that time of year when Christians commemorate the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. It uniquely blends solemnity, gravity and celebration – in fact, there is plenty of celebration. Even though practically every village in the country has its own rites, certain things are quite common. Let us go through some of them.
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Why does February only have 28 days?

February is wrapping up. It is a short month because it is “missing” days, but why does this month only have 28 days (or 29 in a leap year) instead of 30 or 31 as the other months do?
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10 things you didn’t know about Carnival

Carnival is coming, and with it the days of fun and costumes. We all know why they take place and what do they consist of. But we have come across some facts on it that are probably unknown to most of you. We are going to tell you 10 things about this celebration.

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