Thanksgiving Day is an annual holiday which celebrates the harvest and other blessings of the past year. It is an annual national holiday in the United States and Canada.
Thanksgiving Day in Canada :
Thanksgiving Day is a day being celebrated in Canada every year since 1879, for giving thanks for its good fortune. It is celebrated on the second Monday of October. On this day it is a statutory or public holiday. Statutory holiday in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan, and Yukon. A holiday in New Brunswick under the Days of Rest Act. Not a statutory holiday in the eastern Maritime Provinces of Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island or in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Initially it was celebrated on a Thursday in November but the date of celebration changed several times. On Thursday 31st January 1957, the Canadian Parliament proclaimed: “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.” In its early years it was for an abundant harvest and occasionally for a special anniversary. The theme of the Thanksgiving holiday also changed each year to reflect an important event to be thankful for.
Canadian Thanksgiving is full of a cornucopia or a horn filled with seasonal fruit and vegetables. This represents the “Horn of Plenty”, which was a symbol of bounty and plenty in ancient Greece. Turkeys, mashed potatoes, pumpkins, ears of corn and large displays of food are also used to symbolize Thanksgiving Day. People generally get together for their Thanksgiving meal on any one of the three days of this three-day holiday weekend. Although Canadians do tend to get together on Thanksgiving weekend.
In 2017, Canadian Thanksgiving falls on Monday, 9th October 2017.