What is Thanksgiving and why do we celebrate it?

What is Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving is celebrated in Canada and many other countries around the world. In Canada, it takes place on the every second monday of October and it is a statutory holiday, except in some provinces such as Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia.


History of the Canadian Thanksgiving

Celebrating Thanksgiving for Canadians is a way to show gratitude for a successful year and harvest. The origin of the Thanksgiving holiday in Canada dates back to 1578 when Martin Frobisher was searching for a land (known now as Canada) while searching for a northern passage to the Orient. When he settled in Canada, he called for a formal meeting and gave thanks for surviving the long path they had covered. It was only in 1879 that Canada actually made it a nationally recognized holiday.

Thanksgiving is celebrated normally with a gathering of family, friends and loved ones, where they get together and make a delicious Thanksgiving Day meal, which normally consists of mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and turkey.

Public transport system is most likely to operate on Thanksgiving Day. Banks and other financial institutes, public libraries and also some stores and shopping malls do not open during the holiday.


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