Monday, November 21, 2011
Thanksgiving in Canada
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In Canada, Thanksgiving is the second Monday of October, and constitutes an official holiday and three-day weekend. Families usually gather together on any one of the three days of the long weekend for a big meal that includes turkey. In Quebec, English-speaking families observe this tradition, but the French-speaking families usually do not. Many Canadian cities have Thanksgiving parades.
The Thanksgiving Day as it is currently celebrated was made official by the government in 1957 as a day of thanks to God for the year's harvest. However, there has been a Thanksgiving Day of some sort or another in Canada since April 15, 1872, when this day was celebrated in order to give thanks for the recovery of King Edward VII from a serious illness.
For more information, see the ThanksgivingDay.org website.