Columbus Day Writing
Prompts #4

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91. Festivals around the nation celebration Columbus Day with Italian food and entertainment, though it's never as large and wild as St. Patrick's Day for the Irish culture. Do you think the holiday will ever become as big for Italians as St. Patrick's Day is for the Irish? Why or why not?

92. Some use the Italian leanings of the holiday to watch movies in Italian or with Italian characters. Describe a Columbus celebration in which you immerse yourself completely in Italian culture. What do you do, what do you eat, and how do you enjoy it?

93. In Columbus, Kansas, pilots from all over the country fill the sky with colorful hot air balloons on the holiday. Do you think this event fits with the holiday? Why or why not?

94. Eastchester, New York, plays host to a homemade meatball and wine-making contest during this special day. Imagine that you had to make all of your favorite foods from scratch at home for an entire month. What skills would you have to learn and how would everything turn out?

95. Miami hosts a three-day seafaring regatta as sailors celebrate boating with parties and a trip to Key West. How do you think sailing has changed in the time since 1492? Would you rather go sailing then or now and why?

96. The annual New York City Columbus Day Parade often asks a prominent Italian-American to serve as its grand marshal. What do you think are the qualifications of a parade grand marshal? Who do you know that might qualify and why?

97. Columbus Day can also be a holiday to celebrate the practice of immigration, since most of our ancestors came to the United States from far away. How would your life be different if your long-ago relatives never made the trip to the U.S.?

98. Honoring American Indians is another holiday staple, often by learning more about their heritage or visiting museums and presentations. Do you think it's important to hear both sides of a story? Why or why not?

99. The U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico celebrate this holiday as Friendship Day, a day of cultural exchange, food, and entertainment between the islands. What do you think is the importance of friendship between countries? Why is it important?

100. While Columbus was not the first to land on American soil via boat (the Vikings and other explorers have that distinction) he is the one celebrated for the achievement. Do you think that other explorers should also be celebrated during the holiday? Why do you think Columbus is the one who got the distinction?

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