Columbus Day is a holiday that commemorates Christopher Columbus' discovery of the Americas on October 12, 1492. It is celebrated as a public holiday in some countries in Latin America. However, all these countries have different names for the celebration due to indigenous activists' opposition to Columbus Day.
In 2010, UNESCO established commemorative days of UN official languages in order to promote their equal use and celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity. Spanish Language Day is celebrated on October 12.
October 12 is No Smoking Day in Armenia. It was officially established in December 2008 to commemorate the ratification of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. The Convention was adopted on May 21, 2003, but Armenia ratified it on October 12, 2004.