Turkey. Smiling Faces. A family gathering. Yellow leaves. These are the images that often come up when one thinks of Thanksgiving Day. It was declared as a national holiday in 1879. On January 31st, 1957, the Canadian Parliament announced that this would be “a day of general thanksgiving to almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed.”
In Canada, it is celebrated every year on the second Monday in October. This time of year coincides with the completion of harvest in most regions of Canada, and is therefore a perfect occasion to rejoice and be grateful. Note that Canadian Thanksgiving Day differs from Thanksgiving celebrated in the United States as Americans celebrate in November. Turkey remains a common theme!
Thanksgiving Day celebrations generally involve a feast. The table traditionally includes: turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, squash and pumpkin pie. Many families allow each person in the gathering to takes turns in expressing what they are thankful for.
This year, Thanksgiving Day falls on October 12. Take the occasion to count your blessings and be thankful for all the good in your life!
Word of the Day
Feast: a large meal for a group of people