50+55 US Vs Canadian Thanksgiving

Other than the fact that Canadians celebrate our Thanksgiving more than a month before our US counterparts I wondered what the main differences were between our two countries fall holiday.

This is what I found out…

Canada bases our Thanksgiving on the European “Celebrations of Harvest” in October.

As a matter of fact when an explorer from England Martin Frobisher, arrived in Newfoundland in 1578 he celebrated the first Thanksgiving in North America when he wanted to give thanks for having arrived safely here.

Think about it, that was 43 years before the Pilgrims landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts

For the next say 300 years or so Thanksgiving was celebrated late October or early November and became a National Holiday in 1879 and after that November 6th was set aside as our Thanksgiving. but that caused some problems since Remembrance Day often fell within the same week as Thanksgiving so in 1957 In January the Canadian Parliament changed the date once and for all and it was to fall on the 2nd Monday in October.

Reason dictates that Canadian Thanksgiving is earlier than the US since Canada is further North that Harvest time is also earlier in Canada and for Canadians it is more of a Harvest Celebration than Football Bowl games in the good old US of A.

But both countries do have something in common and that is Pupmkin Pie and the love of Turkey Dinners



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