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Canadian Thanksgiving Day


Date When Celebrated : This Canadian holiday is held on the Second Monday in October

Thanksgiving Day in Canada has some similarities to Thanksgiving in the U.S. But, it is also different in many ways. Thanksgiving in Canada is based around a bountiful harvest. It occurs during the harvest season in mid-October. There is no tie-in to the Pilgrims and Indians.


On Thanksgiving, Canadians give thanks for the successful harvest and have a huge feast. Turkeys are a very popular choice for the meal. Ham and other meats are also common choices. The feast is almost certain to have a dish or two that includes Canadian bacon. Because it is tied to the fall harvest, fall fruits and vegetables are included with the meal and on dessert trays. Pumpkin and apple pies are traditional favorites. The day itself is a time for reflection. It also often includes games and activities with family and friends. Because it is held in October, after dinner family walks or hikes to enjoy the Fall foliage are popular.

After the feast and festivities, people often settle down in front oft he television to watch a CFL football game.

Black Friday

Like The United States, the Friday after Thanksgiving in Canada is Black Friday, the day that Christmas shopping begins in earnest. That means several extra weeks to find perfect Christmas gifts for family and friends, and at the very best sale prices.

Today's Quote:  "We have created a society where individual rights and freedoms, compassion and diversity are core to our citizenship. But underlying that idea of Canada is the promise that we all have a chance to build a better life for ourselves and our children." - - Justin Trudeau

History and Origin of Canadian Thanksgiving Day:

Thanksgiving in Canada was first celebrated nationally in 1879. It was originally combined with Armistice Day. In 1957, the Governor General of Canada issued a proclamation declaring Thanksgiving Day the second Monday in October.


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