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Monday, October 12, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving to Canada



Canadian Thanksgiving is celebrated on the 2nd Monday of October.

Thanksgiving in Canada has generally thought to come from three traditions.

European farmers in Europe held celebrations at harvest time to give thanks for their good fortune of a good harvest and abundance of food. They would often fill a curved goat's horn with fruits and grains. This was known as a cornucopia or horn of good plenty. When Europeans came to Canada it is thought to have become an influence on the Canadian Thanksgiving tradition.

Around 1578 English navigator Martin Frobisher held a ceremony, in what is now called the province of Newfoundland to give thanks for surviving his journey there. Other settlers later arrived and continued these "thankful" ceremonies. This was also thought to be an influence on the Canadian Thanksgiving tradition.

The third influence happened in 1621 in what was to become the United States. Pilgrims celebrated their first harvest in the "New World". Around 1750 this celebration of harvest was brought to Nova Scotia by American settlers from the south. At the same time, French settlers arriving were also holding feasts of "thanksgiving". These celebrations and offerings of "Thanks" influenced the Canadian Thanksgiving.

In 1879 Canadian Parliament declared November 6th a day of Thanksgiving and a national holiday. Over the years the date of Thanksgiving changed several times until on January 31st, 1957 Parliament proclaimed....."that the 2nd Monday in October"........"be a Day of General Thanksgiving to Almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed.".

In the United States, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the 4th Thursday of November according to a declaration by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863. For more information about the holidays, click here.

However the day of thanks was decided, it is the bounty of the Earth we celebrate.

Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian blogger buddies!!

12 comments:

Blodeuedd said...

Aha did not know that, we have no celebrations around this time. Perhaps we had once, well on Oct 21 surely.

Chris said...

Happy happy. :)

My Blog 2.0 (Dottie) said...

Hi Blodeuedd!

Here's it's Columbus Day, the celebration of founding of the Americas by Columbus. (no, it didn't actually occur of this date, but we Americans like to celebrate, so this is the date our government as chosen.)

Canadians must be smarter than their American neighbors. We wait until the end of November to celebrate Thanksgiving....when it's almost too cold to want to go outside, lol. I'm sure the pilgrims sat outside and frozen their buns off with the Indians in celebration. Must have been sturdier folk than me, lol!

Dottie :)

My Blog 2.0 (Dottie) said...

Hi Chris!

Happy Happy!

Dottie :)

Ladytink_534 said...

Very neat! Happy Thanksgiving to Canadian bloggers!

My Blog 2.0 (Dottie) said...

Hi LadyTink!

Thanks for joining me in my wishes!

Dottie :)

Cecile said...

Dottie! Thanks for posting this. With the party over at my place, I totally forgot to schedule this down!! Thank you! And yes, Happy Thanksgiving to all of our friends up North!
Dottie, I hope you had a great day!

My Blog 2.0 (Dottie) said...

Hi Cecile!

With all our Canadian blogger buddies, who are always so kind to remember our holidays, it seemed only fair to wish them the happiest of Thanksgiving Days.

Dottie :)

Realtor in Toronto said...

Hi. Very informative post. I think it would be good to promote Canadian Thanksgiving little bit more like in this post. It is a great day and I always looking forward to it. Good luck!

Regards,
Julie

Lea said...

(((Dottie)))

Thank you for your lovely post and good wishes.

I'm thankful to have all my blogger buddies to visit..

Best
L

My Blog 2.0 (Dottie) said...

Hi Julie!

Always happy to spread the joy! Thanksgiving anywhere should be thanks given and thanks received.

Dottie :)

My Blog 2.0 (Dottie) said...

Hi Lea!

Love my Canadian blogger buddies!! What would I do without your great input?

I hope you had a wonderful day!

Dottie :)

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