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Canadian Thanksgiving Shares Love of Food, Football, But Not Shopping

By    |   Tuesday, 14 Oct 2014 03:12 PM

While Americans are winding up for Halloween, Canadians are winding down from their Thanksgiving celebrations.

"Thanksgiving" cropped up as a trending term on Twitter, causing confusion among some Americans and sparking interest in the history of the holiday and differences between the two countries.





Canadian Thanksgiving, which falls on the second Monday in October, began more than 40 years before the pilgrims arrived in America, when explorer Martin Frobisher celebrated surviving treacherous conditions in 1578. It was proclaimed a national holiday in 1879.

Similar to Thanksgiving in America, Canadians celebrate the holiday with turkey dinners, football, and family gatherings.

The Canadian holiday originally was celebrated in November, but merchants complained until the date was changed to October, and thanks was given for a variety of things, including successful harvests and military victories.

The weekend isn’t associated with shopping, like Black Friday in the United States.

The Canadian Thanksgiving holiday now falls on the same day as America’s Columbus Day, which is a controversial holiday, with many people decrying the association with genocide and some cities choosing instead to celebrate Indigenous People's Day.

Vox.com suggested celebrating Canadian Thanksgiving instead of Columbus Day.

The conversation continued on Twitter.







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