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Monday, October 13, 2008

Myth Monday - Canadian Thanksgiving


The origins of Canadian Thanksgiving are more closely connected to the traditions of Europe than those of the United States. Long before Europeans settled in North America, festivals of thanks and celebrations of harvest took place in Europe in the month of October.

The very first Thanksgiving celebration in North America took place in Canada when Martin Frobisher, an explorer from England, arrived in Newfoundland in 1578. He wanted to give thanks for his safe arrival to the New World. That means the first Thanksgiving in Canada was celebrated 43 years before the pilgrims landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts!

Canadian Thanksgiving - Official Holiday

For a few hundred years, Thanksgiving was celebrated in either late October or early November, before it was declared a national holiday in 1879. At the time, November 6th was set aside as the official Thanksgiving holiday. But then on January 31, 1957, Canadian Parliament announced that the second Monday in October would be "a day of general thanksgiving to almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed."

Thanksgiving was moved to the second Monday in October because after the World Wars, Remembrance Day (November 11th) and Thanksgiving kept falling in the same week.

Another reason for Canadian Thanksgiving arriving earlier than its American counterpart is that Canada is geographically further north than the United States, causing the Canadian harvest season to arrive earlier than the American harvest season.

Since Thanksgiving for Canadians is more about giving thanks for the harvest season than the arrival of pilgrims, it makes sense to celebrate the holiday in October.

So what are the differences between Canadian and American Thanksgiving, other than the date? Not much! Both Canadians and Americans celebrate Thanksgiving with parades, family gatherings, pumpkin pie and a whole lot of turkey!

I would like to wish all my Canadian Friends a Very Happy Thanksgiving Day today! How will you celebrating? Leave me a comment and let me know!

Note: While my bean make the Thanksgiving Turkey graphic for Canadian Thanksgiving day, she say it will work for American Thanksgiving day as well, as probably similar holidays in Europe, Great Briatain and maybe in Aus. So if you wish to place this tag on your sidebar, you may do so.

Here is the code for it:

<center><a href="" target="_blank"><img src="" border="0" width="200" alt="Thanksgiving,Autumn"></a></center>


Evie/VampyVictor said...

That is very interesting Diamond, I always wondered just what woz thanksgiving hehe
We do not celebrate a day like that, I guess we is just thankful every day, they call this "The Lucky Country" I do not know why as there is so much dessert hehe


Cory said...

Hi Diamond! Nice to meet you. Hope that Canadian Thanksgiving brings you lots of turkey. That's the whole point, right?

Daisy said...

Diamond, you know a lot of cool stuff!

The Island Cats said...

Wow! We learned something today! Happy Thanksgiving!

PB 'n J said...

We love Myth Monday Diamond - we always learn something new!

Tybalt said...

Very cool, Diamond! I always learn new things from you!

Sunny's Mommy said...

Thinking about Thanksgiving makes me hungry :-)

Shadow / Molly said...

Thanks fer comin by our party! We had loads of fun wif everyone!!

Jewelgirl said...

Cool read, I didn't know about
Canadian Thanksgiving. Very Cool
Turkey, love it! Thanx!!

Mickey said...

Diamond, we like your graphic :) We also had a nice Thanksgiving!!!! We got to spend more fun time with Mom too!!!! She gave us some extra treats even though she did not have turkey this day!! :0
Purrs Mickey