12 October, Día de la Hispanidad or Hispanic Day, is a national holiday in Spain that commemorates the exact date when Christopher Columbus first set foot in the Americas in 1492. Also known as Columbus Day or Día del Descubrimiento, Hispanic Day ... Resistance in Venezuela. Remains of an empire “Hispanic” refers to the descendants of nations that emerged from the Spanish Empire, a family comprising 400 million people who are united by the common bonds of culture, language and history. Hispanic Day ... celebrations that take place throughout the rest of the country. The holiday is also known as the Día del Pilar, as Roman Catholics commemorate the day of Our Lady of the Pillar, who is the patron of the Spanish Guardia Civil and of the Hispanic world.