Happy Thanksgiving to all Canadians! Jour de l’Action de grâce
The principle of this traditional holiday is to exude gratitude for the gifts in your life at the present time and the prior year. It is celebrated on the 2nd Monday in October. Since 1971, Canadian Thanksgiving has acquiesced with the honoring of Columbus Day in the United States.
The history of Thanksgiving in Canada can be trailed back to 1578 when Martin Frobisher embarked on a voyage to search for the Northwest Passage. To refresh your memory,(I needed to as well!) the Northwest Passage is the sea route through the Arctic Ocean along the northern coast of North America. It connects the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
However, the most recent history of Thanksgiving in Canada dates back to 1957 by the Canadian Parliament when they made the proclamation: “A Day of General Thanksgiving to Almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed – to be observed on the 2nd Monday in October”.
Celebration is comprised of a feast that is often consumed over the weekend rather than waiting until Monday.(I would like to adopt this concept!) There are also comparative events to the Thanksgiving honored in the United States such as football with the Canadian Football League hosting the Thanksgiving Day Classic. Many Canadians head south to visit Ellicottville, NY for commemoration of the holiday. Shortly afterwards an abundance of Canadians head even further south for 6 months to escape brutal winters and bask in the pristine South Florida beaches. See you soon!