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Columbus Day 2013: What's Open, What's Closed

The resentment isn't confined to native Americans, either. Many Latin American countries, including Mexico, call October 14 Dia de la Raza, or "Day of the Race," but the intent there is the same, to counteract the idea that a European called Columbus "discovered" something that was here all along.

What the day is called depends on who has the political clout to own it. In Costa Rica, where there is a close balance of all races, October 14 is "Dia de las Culturas," or "Day of the Cultures," and recognizes all the African, European, native American and Asian cultures that make up the Americas.

Just as Columbus Day keeps some people away from work, of course, it means others work harder than ever. This is especially true in retailing, where car dealers, malls and outlets have made it a tradition to advertise specials.

The action has even moved online, to sites like Dealsplus, FatWallet and Pinterest.

So whether you're celebrating Columbus Day, an anti-Columbus Day, a shopping day, or just a Monday, make it a good one. Next Tuesday, the day after, we hope you are all happily back to work.

At the time of publication, the author planned to be hard at work Monday morning.
Columbus Day is a postal holiday; no mail will be delivered by USPS.
FedEx and UPS will provide normal pickup and delivery services on Columbus Day.

This article is commentary by an independent contributor, separate from TheStreet's regular news coverage.
Dana Blankenhorn has been a business journalist since 1978, and a tech reporter since 1982. His specialty has been getting to the future ahead of the crowd, then leaving before success arrived. That meant covering the Internet in 1985, e-commerce in 1994, the Internet of Things in 2005, open source in 2005 and, since 2010, renewable energy. He has written for every medium from newspapers and magazines to Web sites, from books to blogs. He still seeks tomorrow from his Craftsman home in Atlanta.
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