What is Thanksgiving Day, known as thanksgiving in Canada?
The first Thanksgiving Day celebrated in Canada took place on November 6, 1879, although the indigenous populations already had a history of celebrations for the autumn harvest. This custom in Canada was acquired by the European English culture, where the harvests of the year are celebrated and thanks is given for the bounties of the land.
In 1957, Thanksgiving Day was established as an annual event celebrated on the second Monday in October. It is an official holiday in all Canadian provinces and territories except Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
Since then, Thanksgiving is used to take advantage of the long weekend and get together with family and/or friends.
- Although Thanksgiving is celebrated on Monday, many choose to have dinner on Sunday in order to rest the following day.
- There is a collective belief that eating turkey makes people drowsy or tired, but experts say it is the carbohydrates in the dinner (including dessert) that have that effect.
- Although turkey remains the flagship protein of the holiday, Turducken is growing in popularity. It is basically baking turkey, duck and chicken together.
And with whom will you celebrate this beautiful tradition of giving thanks?