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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

Canadian Thanksgiving 2008

This was my first Thanksgiving and was just wondering why they celebrate it October in Canada while they do it in November in US... So I searched the ever-reliable site to answer my questions... "GOOGLE"

We didn't have any of those turkey dinners which I often saw in the movies but we had noodles with shredded turkey toppings for the occassion... hehe! Maybe we will be celebrating a proper thanksgiving dinner next year :)

Celebrating the Harvest
Picture: From Crews Nest

The Canadian Thanksgiving date differs from the USA because their Thanksgiving is derived not from the Pilgrims, but the end of a successful harvest. Because of the northerly location of Canada, their harvest season ends earlier than the United States.

The designated date for Canadian Thanksgiving is the second Monday in October. In 2008 this is the 13th October

Thanksgiving was originally observed in Newfoundland, and other parts of the country by new European settlers. Over the years it moved between various dates, sometimes being observed in November and sometimes in October. It was not until the 1950's that the current date was proclaimed as being the official date for Canadian Thanksgiving.

In Canada, Thanksgiving is about family and food, and for many, football, just as it in United States. Some families choose to observe a four day weekend (Friday through until Monday), but the official public holiday in Canada is the Monday, giving most a three day weekend.
Thanksgiving for families is simply about spending time decorating the house, preparing all of the Thanksgiving food (and of course the dinner!) as well as enjoying a long weekend before the onset of Winter.



Anonymous said...

hubby and I was talking abt this a while ago, why they celebrate it in october and we thought maybe bec of the warmer weather,thanks for your informative post.

meL said...

I didn't know about thanksgiviing in the first place that's why i researched about it and found out it's not the same with US thanksgiving pala :) Interesting noh?


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