Why Is Thanksgiving always the 2nd Monday of October in Canada?
|Mums in my garden|
Long before Europeans settled in North American, & Canada was primarily settled by the British & French, festivals of thanks & celebrations of harvest take place as a liturgical festival in October. Churches decorate with cornucopias, pumpkins, corn, wheat sheaves & other harvest bounty. English & European harvest hymns are sung on the Sunday of Thanksgiving. The very first Thanksgiving celebrations in North America took place when Martin Frobisher, an explorer from England arrived in what is now know as Newfoundland (Canada) in 1578.
What is a traditional Canadian Thanksgiving dinner?
|Neighbours's Thanksgiving Decoration|
The featured item is a turkey, along with sage & onion stuffing/dressing , mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce & several root vegetables such as turnip, parsnips & carrots. Dessert is pumpkin pie. And remember turkey is the only food you can gobble.
|My Thanksgiving table|
In Canada, while we do have several (North American style) football teams, there isn't a big game played on this weekend, nor do we have specific shopping sales. There is probably a hockey game Monday night some where. Also on this weekend in Kitchener, Ontario (a city with German roots), Octoberfest begins & there is a huge celebration with parade & the tapping of the beer keg. Most of the Thanksgiving weekend activities would be Harvest Fairs, going for walks in the woods to admire the turning leaves or for some, families gathering for dinner or working together at the "soup" kitchens. For some it's scrapping the start of their 31 days of gratitude.
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Thanksgiving is a word of action ...we need not only say words of gratitude, but live by them ... Mary-Lou