Happy Thanksgiving, Eh!

Autumn is a time of many celebrations in Canada, among which include the holiday of Thanksgiving (In Québec: « Jour de l’Action de grâce »).  Traditionally celebrated in the form of a Harvest Festival, this long-held tradition has its roots in Europe, and has been celebrated in Canada since April 15th, 1872.[1]  However, it is interesting to note that for nearly a century following its creation, there was no formal date associated to Thanksgiving.  In fact, it wasn’t until January 31st, 1957 that the Canadian Parliament proclaimed Thanksgiving as a permanent holiday:

 “A Day of General Thanksgiving to Almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed […] to be observed on the second Monday in October.”

Historically, Thanksgiving was observed as a day to thank God for the harvest of food in the fall and for all other blessings.  Now, this holiday is more commonly recognized by Canadians as a day of gratitude and a day to share a traditional meal—consisting of roast turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing, potatoes, vegetables, and pumpkin pie—with family and friends

Here are a few things for which we, Canadians, can all be thankful for:

        1. Family
        2. Friends
        3. Public health
        4. Healthy environment
        5. Education
        6. Fresh water
        7. Changing seasons (Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter)
        8. Democracy
        9. Biodiversity
        10. Security

Share with us (in the comment box below), what you and your family are thankful for this Thanksgiving Day!

[1] Canadian Heritage. Thanksgiving and Remembrance Day http://www.pch.gc.ca/pgm/ceem-cced/jfa-ha/action-eng.cfm

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