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Dia de la Raza

Día de la Raza – October 12, 2024

Día de la Raza or “Race Day” is celebrated on October 12 every year to recognize the cultural fusion of indigenous America and Spanish heritage. The day is generally observed as a national holiday in Spanish countries and in Spanish communities. There is a controversial element to the holiday as well, but all in all it is a festive holiday. 

History of Día de la Raza

When Christopher Columbus stepped on the new world on October 12, 1492, it was the moment when the world changed forever, and the Europeans met the native Americans. Following this map-altering event, many expeditions were organized to the newfound region by explorers like Francisco Hernández de Córdoba and Núñez de Balboa. But it was Américo Vespucio who proclaimed the discovery of the new continent after he navigated the coast of South America. Realizing his grand discovery, he named the land after his own name, declaring it as “America.” 

Gradually, the many different cultures and traditions combined into the creation of a continent of altogether new cultures and mixed races. The rest, as they say, is history.

On Día de la Raza, all Spanish-speaking cultures and nations rejoice and celebrate their identity with colorful parades, dance events, traditional food, and more. There are even scholarship opportunities for Hispanic students to check out on this day.


Día de la Raza timeline

First Celebration

Día de la Raza is celebrated for the first time in Argentina.

Growing Celebrations

Día de la Raza is observed in Colombia and Venezuela.

The Mexican Way

Día de la Raza is celebrated in Mexico for the first time.

The First Hispanic March

The first Hispanic March takes place on Columbus Day in Washington.

Día de la Raza FAQs

What is an interesting fact about Día de la Raza?

El Día de la Raza is celebrated in Latin America and other Spanish-speaking regions instead of Columbus Day. 

How do you celebrate Día de la Raza?

Just like most festive holidays, Dia de la Raza is celebrated with grand firework displays, parades, lots of entertainment, and of course, celebrations won’t be complete without great food! 

Who celebrates Día de la Raza?

Dia de la Raza is celebrated by all Spanish-speaking communities and countries like Chile, Mexico, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Uruguay. 

Día de la Raza Activities

  1. Read the history of Spanish explorers

    Read about the richly detailed adventures and expeditions of Spanish explorers. Some of the most well-known explorers included Ferdinand Magellan, Hernando de Soto, Juan Ponce de Leon, and Francisco Vásquez de Coronadoa. Each of them significantly impacted the exploration and colonization of the Americas.

  2. Have a Spanish feast

    Celebrate the best of the Spanish with their mouth wateringly delicious food! Tamales, Trinidad pastille, Tortilla Española, Gambas al ajillo, and Cochinillo asado are some ideas for Spanish food to indulge in today!

  3. Post it on social media

    Take the celebrations online! Post photos of your Día de la Raza festivities for everyone to see and join in.

5 Fun Facts About Día De La Raza

  1. Costa Rica changed the name

    The name was changed “Día de la Raza” to “Dia de las Culturas.”

  2. The name was also changed in Venezuela

    The name of the holiday was changed to "Dia de la Resistencia Indígena."

  3. The meaning of Día de la Raza

    The name translates to Race Day in English, but la raza specifically means “a community connected by cultural ties.”

  4. Celebrations are grand

    Common traditions on Dia de la Raza include dances, parades, and bullfights!

  5. Alternate celebration

    Dia de la Raza is sometimes considered controversial due to it being celebrated instead of Columbus Day.

Why We Love Día de la Raza

  1. It is a huge celebration

    Dia de la Raza is GRAND! Celebrating the culture and heritage of Latin America is a big festivity for all those who celebrate. The fiesta includes dancing, singing, street games, and of course, food!

  2. Appreciating different perspectives

    The holiday has a controversial facet, but it is important to have a broad perspective, be open-minded and learn from the history and experiences of various cultures.

  3. Celebrating the same great historical event

    Differences aside, Dia de la Raza celebrates the same idea as Columbus Day — the first great encounter between the Europeans with the native Americans.

Día de la Raza dates

2024October 12Saturday
2025October 12Sunday
2026October 12Monday
2027October 12Tuesday
2028October 12Thursday

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