It is no doubt that that we are all amused by discoveries and the world is often longing for a discovery. We recognize the people who discovered something important, such as the place we now live in. Leif Erikson Day is a special recognition of the considered Discoverer of America.
Leif Erikson Day 2013
Leif Erikson Day 2013 will take place on Wednesday, October 9, 2013.
Leif Erikson Day is observed annually on the 9th of October.
Leif Erikson Day Origin
Leif Erikson Day is an annual celebration that gives honor to the bearer of that name, Leif Erikson. He was a Norse explorer (North Germanic seafarers who explored Europe, Asia and the North Atlantic islands) who first brought Europeans to North America. In the 9th of October, 1825, the Ship Restoration arrived in New York Harbor and this was the beginning of organized immigration from Scandinavia to the US. This date was then chosen to be the Leif Erikson Day, although it is not associated with his life.
Leif Erikson was recognized by President Calvin Coolidge as the Discoverer of America because of Norwegian-American scholars’ research. Leif Erikson Day has been made official in seven states (Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota, Illinois, Colorado, Washington and California) in 1956. Las Vegas, Nevada also made Leif Erikson Day official in 2012.
As a child, Leif Erikson was fond of watching ships in the harbor and listening to sailors’ tales. He had his first voyage at the age of 24 and it was also in this voyage that he had his only son.
Leif Erikson Day Celebration
To celebrate Leif Erikson Day, children can take part in the Leif Erikson Drawing competitions and Hometown Heroes Leif Erikson Award. This award gives honor to modern day Vikings. One can also participate in the Wreath Laying Ceremony in the statue of Leif Erikson. Anyone can join the Leif Erikson Fes, where entertainment and fun activities takes place.
Leif Erikson Day 2014
Leif Erikson Day 2014 will take place on Thursday, October 9, 2014.