THANKSGIVING DAY (CANADA)

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Thanksgiving Day is an annual Canadian holiday. Initially it was decided to occurring on the second Monday in October, which celebrates the harvest and other blessings of the past year.

Thanksgiving in Canada isWW celebrated on the second Monday of October each year and it’s an official statutory holiday – except in PEI, Newfoundland, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia – however federally regulated institutions do observe Thanksgiving in those provinces too. In the US thanksgiving is the fourth Thursday in November.

The original idea is to give thanks for the past harvest season but for many Canadian families the tradition has changed over time and the focus is now to get together with family and eat a large turkey dinner. Apple cider is a must for any traditional thanksgiving celebration as well as turkey stuffing and pumpkin pie.

The first Thanksgiving holiday was held in Canada in 1872 to celebrate the recovery of the Prince of Wales from a serious illness. After 1879 celebrations were held every year but not always in October – it used to be observed around Armistice Day in November.

At the Crawford Lake conservation area (Milton, ON) a path around the lake has pictures and short stories of native people and their celebrations. One of the stories is about thanksgiving; it starts with this sentence:

“Thanksgiving to native Indians was a way of everyday life rather than a one-day celebration.” Take a few minutes to think about this quote. Thank you.

Courtesy: Statutory holidays