Top 7 public holidays that have caused controversy around the world

You know the story, when a new holiday is introduced it’s a bit of a problem for some people, especially when it’s a bullshit holiday. These days can be proposed for religious, public, symbolic, commemorative reasons… In short, lots of reasons why for people this can be a problem.

1. Columbus Day in the United States

In the United States, the day honoring Christopher Columbus for having discovered America is often the source of more or less heated debate. And for good reason, many people assume that on the one hand he did not discover America and that above all there were already people who lived there at the time of the discovery, people who had elsewhere were largely massacred by the new arrivals. Some cities had also taken advantage of the day to celebrate other things, like in Los Angeles where it had become the day of the Native American community. A little more honest though.

2. Australia’s National Day

This day, which commemorates the arrival of the first settlers in Australia on January 26, 1788, poses a bit of a problem for a lot of people since, roughly speaking, it corresponds to the time when the Aboriginal populations of Australia began to suffer the violence of the settlers, so necessarily it is debatable. The descendants of the aboriginal populations even wanted to have the day renamed a “day of mourning”, that gives you an idea.

Top 7 public holidays that have caused controversy around the world

3. May 8 in Germany

The celebration of the liberation and surrender of Nazi Germany had become for its 75th anniversary in 2020 a public holiday on German territory. If the holiday side was to be only for one year, many people had shown their dissatisfaction since it also symbolized the defeat of the country. It’s hard to defend people who yelled anyway, we’re talking about celebrating the defeat of the Nazis, if people stand up against that, there’s a little problem…

4. Independence Day in the United States

This other symbolic day of the United States of July 4 poses a problem for a whole section of the population since it celebrates the freedom and equality of all men while it was written when slavery was still in force. . Since you can’t really say that the United States is spared racism, the day leaves a bitter taste among Native Americans and the African-American population even today, and it’s frankly understandable.

5. The Macron law on public holidays in Overseas France

In 2015, a law passed by the French government left the overseas departments the choice to change a Catholic public holiday to celebrate a local holiday of their choice. If the idea may seem good or bad depending on your own choices, needless to say that those who were most disturbed by it still touched the extreme right more often than anything else. Inevitably, accepting that people celebrate something other than a religion to which they are not attached seems inconceivable to them.

6. The Corsican Nation Day

If on December 8, famous A Festa di a Nazione of Corsica which corresponds to the date on which the Corsican constitution was created, is not a public holiday, certain institutions recognized it as such. The university, for example, let students have this day as a holiday and it was in 2016 that a good controversy broke out on social networks when the board of directors decided to remove this holiday on several campuses. Bad idea guys, we don’t touch public holidays, let alone for students.

Top 7 public holidays that have caused controversy around the world

7. The “Juneteenth” to symbolize the end of slavery in the United States

June 19 now commemorates the end of slavery in the United States (the abolition of which dates from June 19, 1865). Rather a very good thing so we hope that no one will have to complain…

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