Saturday, October 11, 2008

Leavin' for the country, not sure when I'll be back again

It's Thanksgiving here in Canada and I'm off shortly to stay with sister Lisa for a day or two.

So Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian Blogger friends!

Thanksgiving in Canada
When is Canadian Thanksgiving?

In Canada, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday of October

How did Canadian Thanksgiving begin?

English navigator, Martin Forbisher was looking for a northern passage way to the Orient. Unfortunately, he was unsuccessful in his quest but instead established a setttlement in present day Newfoundland. In 1578, Frobisher held a formal ceremony to give thanks for surviving the long journey. This is not only considered the first Canadian Thanksgiving but the first Thanksgiving in North America! Forbisher was later knighted and had an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean in northern Canada named after him, which is now known as Forbisher Bay.

How is Thanksgiving Celebrated in Canada?

To celebrate, Canadians have parades and family feasts (which includes eating turkey). Much like Thanksgiving in the United States, Canadian Thanksgiving is a time for sharing, loving and family reunions. It is a time to be thankful for the past harvest and a time of prayer for good crops in the coming year.

Let's Compare!

In Canada...

Celebrated: Second Monday in October

Why: To give thanks for a bountiful harvest of crops

Year the first celebrated: 1578

On this day Martin Forbisher held a feast to give thanks for surviving his long journey

In the United States...

Celebrated: Fourth Sunday in November

Why: To give thanks for the bountiful harvest of crops

Year the first was celebrated: 1619

On this day Pilgrims held a feast to thanks Squanto (Native American) who had helped the Pilgrims survive the new world by teaching them how to fish, grow corn and by being their interpreter

But before I go, I have to direct you to Lights, Camera.....History.
They have some cool stuff going on over there - and GREAT prizes!!


Lady of the Review said...

Thanksgiving is on the Fourth Thursday of November. Unless they've changed it on me. Wouldn't surprise me. *sigh*

Hope you have a great time off! Enjoy & eat lots of yummy food. :)

Heather said...

That was a kewl history lesson! Happy Thanksgiving!

Leslie said...

Gee, wonder what caught your eye on Lights, Camera… History? Could it be Richard on the banner? *g*

Great site and reminded me that I need to watch North and South. I’ve got the DVDs just haven’t watch them yet. *shame on me*

Have fun with your sis and a wonderful holiday!

Ana T. said...

Hi KristieJ, have a happy thanksgiving and thanks for sharing all that info. It's very interesting!

I saw your incoming link at Lights... ;-)

Anonymous said...

Happy Thanksgiving!

Here is an artistic, animated ecard for the occasion...

Turkey Day


Anonymous said...

Have a great Thanksgiving and fun trip :)

Anna said...

Hi Kristie, Hope you have relaxing holiday. :)

little alys said...

Have fun Kristie and we'll be waiting for ya! :) Relax, enjoy the food and read tons of books. :D

azteclady said...

Have a great time, Kristie! We'll see you when you get back.

Brie said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Kristie. Have a lovely time.

Casee said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Kristie!