Sunday, October 11, 2015

Did You Know - About Canada's Thanksgiving?

It’s the Canadian Thanksgiving this weekend. I just put my turkey in the oven.
Here are some interesting facts about our Thanksgiving I found in article from the Toronto Sun, 2012.

Thanksgiving was first celebrated in Canada when English explorer Martin Frobisher held a feast in what is now Newfoundland to mark his safe arrival to the New World in 1578.

Canadian Thanksgiving is always celebrated on the second Monday in October and has coincided with Columbus Day in the U.S. since 1971.
Algonquin Indians were among the first to harvest wild cranberries. They used them as food, medicine, and a symbol of peace.

The tradition of breaking the wishbone dates back to the Etruscans of 322 B.C. The Romans brought the tradition with them when they conquered England and the English colonists carried the tradition on to America.
While pumpkin pies are a staple of many North American Thanksgiving meals, the pies weren't popular in Thanksgiving dinners until the early nineteenth century, according to The Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America.

The cornucopia, often associated with Thanksgiving, is a symbol of abundance and nourishment. The horn-shaped container typically contains produce, flowers, nuts, or wealth in some form.

The Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest parade is the most widely known Canadian Thanksgiving Day parade and is broadcast nationwide.
Canadians purchased three million whole turkeys for Thanksgiving in 2011, according to the Turkey Farmers of Canada - about 32% of all whole turkeys sold during the year.

Thanksgiving is a statutory holiday in Canada, except in P.E.I., Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
Now you know.

Happy Thanks giving Everyone!


  1. Very informative. I knew that Canada had their own Thanksgiving but it's often pushed aside because the American holiday seems bigger. :)

  2. I have some friends in the Great North but never knew of the difference in their Thanksgiving and ours...thanks for the info!

  3. Turkey is the common thread. Thanks for dropping by.

  4. Holy cow, that's a lot of dead bird!!l lol. I was also surprised the eastern provinces don't consider Thanksgiving a stat, I wonder why?
    Happy Thanksgiving Beverley :)
    Jacquie Biggar

    1. We do love our turkey. No idea why it's not a stat in the eastern provinces. Happy Thanksgiving Jacquie.

  5. Interesting information that I didn't know about Thanksgiving in Canada. Love that Turkey Day!

    1. Thanks for dropping by, Judy. And turkey's good anywhere. :)