Happy Thanksgiving, eh!

As United States citizens observe this day in honor of Columbus, our Canadian neighbors (and some of our very own Detroit Metrobloggers) are celebrating a different tradition today: Thanksgiving.

Since January 1957, Canadians have celebrated Thanksgiving on the second Monday in October and, according to the website of the Canadian government, the holiday is “A Day of General Thanksgiving to Almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed…”

From what I have read, Canadian Thanksgiving is similar to Thanksgiving in the U.S., except the former is held earlier because Canada’s geographic location to the north of the U.S. (except for a few areas) means crops are harvested earlier there.

It would be interesting to find out, though, what the differences are between the two celebrations (other than the dates).

3 Comments so far

  1. Mollika* (unregistered) on October 11th, 2005 @ 11:12 am

    I appreciate the shout out to Canadians. I’ve been living here in the Detroit area for some time but cannot break the habit of doing Thanksgiving in October. Any excuse for pumpkin pie is a good one; so yesterday I celebrated with a feast. What is Columbus Day about? The day he discovered “America” and messed it up for Indians who must now distinguish themselves as East Indian . . . then there are the poor West Indians . . .


  2. Phil Renaud (unregistered) on October 12th, 2005 @ 12:12 am

    well, it’s mostly like the US thanksgiving, only we eat Poutine instead of Turkey.

    No, I’m joking around. It’s pretty much the same thing, except we only get one choice of football game on a monday night.


  3. girl.in.the.d (unregistered) on October 14th, 2005 @ 12:29 pm

    Thanks for the info, Mollika and Phil!



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