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.
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
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