Did You Blow through Canadian Thanksgiving Again?

That may be why you don’t have any Canadian friends
BY: DON PARTIE

The second Monday in October is Canada’s Thanksgiving. Canadians celebrate it by stuffing themselves with turkey, pumpkin pie and all the usual suspects that go along with turkey.

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Although the official holiday is Monday, and most people have the day off work, many families have their big meal on Sunday. Monday they watch a special double header of football and eat leftovers.

The origins of Canadian Thanksgiving are more closely connected to the traditions of Europe than of the United States. Long before Europeans settled in North America, festivals of thanks and celebrations of harvest took place in Europe in the month of October. The very first Thanksgiving celebration in North America took place in Canada when Martin Frobisher, an explorer from England, arrived in Newfoundland in 1578. He wanted to give thanks for his safe arrival to the New World. That means the first Thanksgiving in Canada was celebrated 43 years before the pilgrims landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts!