Monday, October 11, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving/Columbus Day!



The origins of Canadian Thanksgiving are more closely connected to the traditions of Europe than of the United States. Long before Europeans settled in North America, festivals of thanks and celebrations of harvest took place in Europe in the month of October. The very first Thanksgiving celebration in North America took place in Canada when Martin Frobisher, an explorer from England, arrived in Newfoundland in 1578. He wanted to give thanks for his safe arrival to the New World.

For a few hundred years, Thanksgiving was celebrated in either late October or early November, before it was declared a national holiday in 1879. It was then, that November 6th was set aside as the official Thanksgiving holiday. But then on January 31, 1957, Canadian Parliament announced that on the second Monday in October, Thanksgiving would be "a day of general thanksgiving to almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed." Thanksgiving was moved to the second Monday in October because after the World Wars, Remembrance Day (November 11th) and Thanksgiving kept falling in the same week.

43 comments:

  1. Did not know there was a different day for thanksgiving. Huh....

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  2. i love thanksgiving it's pretty much eat lots of food day.

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  3. No celebrating thanksgiving in sweden ;)

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  4. didnt know anything about thanksgiving until now

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  5. always my dad wants me to read your posts to him its a bit annoying but it makes him happy i guess.

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  6. Great post! keep up the great work!

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  7. I don't celebrate Columbus day, only thanksgiving, and I only like that they because we eat Turkey.

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  8. Great read! Looking forward to reading your next post.

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  9. Damn I didnt you guys had a different day for this

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  10. thank you, you too have a happy thanksgiving

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  11. happy thanks giving :) i just finished eating my turkey.

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  12. columbus day fuck yeah, no class

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  13. holidays are meaningless to me right now.... no school. :]

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  14. I didn't know Canada celebrated thanksgiving on a different day than the USA, thanks for the info looking forward to more.

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  15. interesting, I prefer the thanksgiving that I celebrate though

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  16. interesting, I didn't know that...

    GTL4life!

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  17. this is relevant to just what I was thinking about

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