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Festivity - Thanksgiving in Canada
Thanksgiving is celebrated in Canada on the second Monday in October. On January 31st, 1957, it is proclaimed in Parliament that -"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.” Remembrance Day (November 11th) and Thanksgiving Day kept falling in the same week.

This is 6 weeks early than United States Thanksgiving day because the harvest season falls earlier in Canada compared to the United States due to the fact that Canada is further north.

“Starting in 1879 (November 6th) Thanksgiving Day was observed every year but the date was proclaimed annually and changed year to year. The theme of the Thanksgiving holiday also changed year to year to reflect an important event to be thankful for. In the early years it was for an abundant harvest and occasionally for a special anniversary.”

The old practice was continued of fixing date of Thanksgiving Day by proclamation, and it has been since 1931 on the second Monday of October, with the exception of 1935. There after, Thanksgiving Day had been fixed on October 14; it was decided to hold the general election on that date. A new proclamation was issued deferring the observance to October 24, a Thursday. This resulted in a great deal of controversy and the practice of observance on a Thursday was not pursued in future years.

From 1936 onwards, proclamation was issued yearly to appoint the second Monday of October as Thanksgiving Day. In 1957, a proclamation was issued fixing permanently Thanksgiving Day on that day, thus eliminating the necessity of an annual proclamation.

"The Canadian Thanksgiving Day came about because of a combination of traditions. Before the first Europeans arrived in North America, the farmers in Europe held celebrations at harvest time. The farm workers filled a curved goat's horn with fruit and grain to give thanks for their harvest having been a good one. This horn was called a Horn of Plenty.....or a Cornucopia, and the farm workers who started a new life in Canada took this tradition with them."
Both Canadians and Americans celebrate Thanksgiving with parades, family gatherings, pumpkin pie, a lot of turkey and mashed potatoes. It is also a time for gifting your family and friends. Popular gifts include thanksgiving flowers, jewelry, baked cookie hampers, chocolate gift baskets, candy-wreaths, wine etc.

Please note the date and plan your Thanksgiving Holiday well in advance.
2008: Monday, Oct 13
2009: Monday, Oct 12
2010: Monday, Oct 11
2011: Monday, Oct 10
2012: Monday, Oct 8
2013: Monday, Oct 14
2014: Monday, Oct 13
2015: Monday, Oct 12
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