Canada celebrates Thanksgiving, just like how the United States does. This day is all about forgetting the worries of the daily grind and reconnecting with friends and family. Both of these countries celebrate the occasion in many similar ways, but they also have many differences.
Here are some Canadian Thanksgiving facts that you may have not ever known.
All Canadians do not get Thanksgiving off. In some parts of Canada, Thanksgiving is optional. For example, in Atlantic Canada, you don’t necessarily get a holiday for Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving meals in Canada include cranberries. The Algonquin natives are the main reason behind this. They are the people who started the trend of harvesting cranberries and using them for medicine, as well as for food. Cranberries are a good source of nutrients, but if you aren’t getting enough from your meal, consider looking to Source Naturals or Xymogen; or check out pet supplements from Pet Wellbeing.
Canadians also follow the tradition of breaking the wishbone, which was invented by the Etruscans in 322 B.C. From there, it was adopted by the Romans and taken to England. After that, they were eventually brought to Canada.
Thanksgiving is believed to have originated from the explorer called Martin Frobisher. He is said to have gone through an arduous voyage in 1578, and after that was over, he and his team arranged a formal ceremony to give thanks.
Canadians started celebrating Thanksgiving 40 years before the Americans did.
The Canadian Thanksgiving was not considered an official holiday until a declaration made by parliament in 1879. A little while later, they moved it to October, to its third Monday. They moved it again to the second Monday of October in 1957. They did so because, after the second world war, Thanksgiving clashed with the day of remembrance.
In Canada, pets can have safety issues on Thanksgiving, so laws are implemented.
The original dinner table of Thanksgiving did not always constitute of cranberry sauce and turkey. Originally, pumpkin pies were also a part of the menu. The placement of pumpkin pies in the Thanksgiving table dates back to the 1650s.
In America, big retail shopping and black Friday are a big deal. However, this is not the case in Canada. Their shopping day is after Christmas.
The temperature begins to change, and fall arrives around Thanksgiving. So it has become a tradition for many Canadian families to take walks in the countryside.
Thanksgiving is on a Monday, but many families choose to have their dinner on Sunday instead.