Celebration of Puerto Rican Culture and Puerto Rico Discovery Day is connected with the fact of discovery of the land by Christopher Columbus in 1493. He set sail on his second voyage on September 25, 1493 and already on November 19 he landed on the island. He named it San Juan Bautista, but the name was changed during the 1520s after the name of the most developed and famous settlement of the island. The name of the settlement was changed to San Juan to avoid misunderstanding and confusion.
Puerto Rico Discovery Day is a public holiday. The schools, banks and public offices are closed on this day. Buses will be running, and most stores will be opened. The private sector will be open. A grand festive parade is held, people also enjoy fairs and other cultural events.
In Puerto Rico, we have a lot of traditions. We eat a very typical thing thatís called ípastelesí - itís almost like a tamale made of bananas, and we make it all together. Like, all the women of the family unite, and itís a very big deal, a very big thing.