Monday, October 12, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!


Happy Thanksgiving Canada!

"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."


And a Happy Columbus Day to my American readers!

12 comments:

Mary said...

Love the photo :D
Happy Thanksgiving Day!

Kaye said...

I love these kinds of posts! So educational. Thank you, Luanne, for posting. I'm with Mary, great photo. Happy Thanksgiving to you!

bermudaonion said...

It makes sense that the Canadian Thanksgiving would be before the American holiday. Do you eat turkey too?

Diane said...

Happy Thanksgiving to all our Canadian friends.

fredamans said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you too!

Dar said...

Happy Thanksgiving Luanne!

Luanne said...

Thanks everyone. And Kathy in answer to your question - yes turkey is eaten, but a lot of people choose ham as well. We're a turkey family. Although a lot of folks eat pumpkin pie as well, we always go with apple crisp. There are a lot of orchards around us and the apples are so crisp and tart right now.

carolsnotebook said...

Happy Thanksgiving. This was an interesting post.

Jonita said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Luanne! We had turkey and roast beef for dinner.....mmmmmmm.....

Ladytink_534 said...

Hope all Canadians have a great holiday today!

Anna said...

Hope you had a happy thanksgiving! I would have had a great Columbus Day if I had been given a day off!

--Anna
Diary of an Eccentric

Cindy said...

Very interesting post!! Thank you. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite days of the year. All of our family comes to my house and I love cooking for all of them.