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Saturday, October 8, 2011

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!

History and Origin of Canadian Thanksgiving

( this article is found here)

In Canada Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday in October. Unlike the American tradition of remembering Pilgrims and settling in the New World, Canadians give thanks for a successful harvest. The harvest season falls earlier in Canada compared to the United States due to the simple fact that Canada is further north.

The history of Thanksgiving in Canada goes back to an English explorer , Martin Frobisher, who had been trying to find a northern passage to the Orient. He did not succeed but he did establish a settlement in Northern America. In the year 1578, he held a formal ceremony, in what is now called Newfoundland, to give thanks for surviving the long journey. This is considered the first Canadian Thanksgiving. Other settlers arrived and continued these ceremonies. He was later knighted and had an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean in northern Canada named after him - Frobisher Bay.

At the same time, French settlers, having crossed the ocean and arrived in Canada with explorer Samuel de Champlain, also held huge feasts of thanks. They even formed 'The Order of Good Cheer' and gladly shared their food with their Indian neighbours.

After the Seven Year's War ended in 1763, the citizens of Halifax held a special day of Thanksgiving.

During the American Revolution, Americans who remained loyal to England moved to Canada where they brought the customs and practices of the American Thanksgiving to Canada. There are many similarities between the two Thanksgivings such as the cornucopia and the pumpkin pie.

Eventually in 1879, Parliament declared November 6th a day of Thanksgiving and a national holiday. Over the years many dates were used for Thanksgiving, the most popular was the 3rd Monday in October. After World War I, both Armistice Day and Thanksgiving were celebrated on the Monday of the week in which November 11th occurred. Ten years later, in 1931, the two days became separate holidays and Armistice Day was renamed Remembrance Day.

Finally, on January 31st, 1957, Parliament proclaimed...

"A Day of General Thanksgiving to Almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed ... to be observed on the 2nd Monday in October.


  1. Happy Thanksgiving to you too, Mary. Hope you have a blessed weekend!

  2. Have a wonderful weekend my dear friend! Enjoy this time with your loved ones. :D



  3. Enjoy your day of feasting and thanksgiving! ~Lisa

  4. Happy Thanksgiving to you too. :)

  5. Happy Thanksgiving to you! I don't know anything about Candadian Thanksgiving, the history or traditions. I need to research that.

    Or... a little bird could write a post all about it. Just sayin'...

  6. Nice post, Mary! Happy Thanksgiving!

  7. I hope you are having a wonderful day with family.

  8. Happy Thanksgiving dear friend!!
    May it be a real blessing for you and your family!

  9. Happy Thanksgiving to you too, Mary! We had a meal at church after service and then will have our Thanksgiving meal tomorrow with my parents.

    Hope you're having a wonderful weekend!

  10. Happy Thanksgiving, dearest Mary-Girl :-)

    Much love,

  11. I loved reading this and refreshing my memory! Thank you for sharing! May you and your dear ones have a wonderful Thanksgiving too!

    Blessings and hugs!!

  12. Happy Thanksgiving and I am going to use this for a history lesson...and my son thought we were going to be off today...which we are, we are headed to the State Fair of Texas. Thanks for sharing...enjoy your Thanksgiving

  13. Happy Belated Thanksgiving!! Thank you for the wonderful lesson and info on your Thanksgiving! ;-)

  14. Thanks for this info. Now, I feel I understand it better. The "Order of Good Cheer" part sounds so much like the one here.


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