When is Thanksgiving in Canada 2014
Thanksgiving is the annual time to recognize all that we are blessed with here in Canada and a time to bring together families and friends. Thanksgiving is sneaking up on this year, and we’ve already found ourselves asking when is Thanksgiving in Canada 2014?
Thanksgiving Canada falls on the second Monday of October, which this year is Oct. 13.
Traditionally, Thanksgiving is celebrated over the long weekend, when families are all off and have more time together. It is typically celebrated with a big meal and lots of family time.
For this month, we at Great West Chrysler challenge you all to think of one thing you’re grateful for each day and express that to someone else. Sometimes the smallest gestures make the biggest difference.
The origins and traditions of Thanksgiving in Canada are more connected to those of Europe, rather than the U.S. For example, in Canada we typically celebrate Thanksgiving as a way to mark the harvest season. And because the end of the harvest season comes sooner in the year for Canadians than it does for Americans, we celebrate it earlier. That and the holiday is more about giving thanks for harvest season rather than the arrival of pilgrims.
As far as celebrating though, we celebrate similar to Americans in that we have parades, family gatherings, pumpkin pie and turkey! Who doesn’t love Thanksgiving?
Another fun fact about Thanksgiving; the very first Thanksgiving celebration actually took place in Canada when Martin Frobisher, an English explorer, arrived in Newfoundland from England in 1578 and wanted to give thanks for his safe arrival. This was 43 years before the pilgrims landed in Plymouth.
While Halloween follows Thanksgiving by a few weeks, we encourage you to not get lost in the shuffle of things. What are you thankful for this season? Sound off below. We’d love to hear your responses.