Canadian Thanksgiving - a History
Monday, October 5, 2015
Although Thanksgiving is celebrated in both Canada and the United States, the holidays have different roots.
The origin of Canadian Thanksgiving
In Canada, Thanksgiving can be traced back to the English voyageur Martin Frobisher who was searching for the Northwest Passage in 1578 (some 40 years before the Pilgrims celebrated the bounty of harvest). The ships of Frobisher's fleet became separated in the severe weather that plagued them. When they finally met up again in what is now Frobisher Bay, they were so thankful for surviving the ordeal that they observed communion and celebrated with a huge feast. The first Thanksgiving celebration was born. The tradition carried forward in a haphazard fashion, being invoked for any number of reasons to give thanks over the years. By 1879, it became an annual event, usually celebrated in late October or early November, but it wasn't until 1957, that it became a national holiday.
The celebration has taken on a more secular meaning today, where people of all creeds celebrate the blessings in their lives by feasting with family and friends.
While Canadian Thanksgiving is traditionally celebrated on the second Monday in October, the United States celebrates on the 4th Thursday of November (usually making a 4 day week-end). Aside from the date, though, both Canadians and Americans enjoy the same menus, parades, festivals, traditions, and family gatherings that make the holdiday special.
The Western Direct family would like to wish you and yours a very happy and abundant Thanksgiving.
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