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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

A Canadian Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks and count your blessings. For all of us here in the US, it commemorates the pilgrims who first gave thanks for the gift of land. This is usually celebrated every 4th Thursday of November. Did you know that our neighbors to the north also celebrate Thanksgiving? On the 31st of January in the year 1957, the Canadian Parliament proclaimed Thanksgiving as “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.” This 2012, Canadian Thanksgiving will be held on the 8th of October.

During the weekend of October 8, Canada will celebrate a long weekend. Thanksgiving dinner is celebrated on a Sunday evening where the whole family sits down and enjoys a wonderful feast together. Thanksgiving in Canada is also often a time for weekend getaways.

Similar to the United States, traditions such as parades and football can be a part of Canadian Thanksgiving. The Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest parade is the most widely known Canadian Thanksgiving Day parade. The Canadian Football League holds a nationally televised doubleheader known as the "Thanksgiving Day Classic". It is one of two weeks in which the league plays on Monday afternoons, the other being the Labor Day Classic. Unlike the Labor Day games, the teams that play on the Thanksgiving Day Classic vary each year.

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