Monday, October 13, 2008

TO CANADA AND CANADIANS







In Canada Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday in October. Unlike the American tradition of remembering Pilgrims and settling in the New World, Canadians give thanks for a successful harvest. The harvest season falls earlier in Canada compared to the United States due to the simple fact that Canada is further north.The history of Thanksgiving in Canada goes back to an English explorer, Martin Frobisher, who had been trying to find a northern passage to the Orient. He did not succeed but he did establish a settlement in Northern America. In the year 1578, he held a formal ceremony, in what is now called Newfoundland, to give thanks for surviving the long journey. This is considered the first Canadian Thanksgiving. Other settlers arrived and continued these ceremonies. He was later knighted and had an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean in northern Canada named after him - Frobisher Bay. At the same time, French settlers, having crossed the ocean and arrived in Canada with explorer Samuel de Champlain, also held huge feasts of thanks. They even formed 'The Order of Good Cheer' and gladly shared their food with their Indian neighbours...and the story goes on...

8 comments:

Jules said...

Ahh, thank you Sweetest! Actually, I didn't know the origins of Thanksgiving, but at least I did know it was for giving thanks for all things of bounty and family and friends... so I got it right!

ebezp said...

So let's all be thankful then forthose around us and those that come in to our lives!

tsduff said...

I was so embarassed that I didn't know about Canadian Thanksgiving!

ebezp said...

Don't wory about it Terry if my girlfriend wasn't Canadian I doubt if I'd have known either!!!

grace said...

That puppy in your last post, is insanely adorable. OMG!

how are you?

Palm Springs Savant said...

I vote for Thanksgiving everyday!~

ebezp said...

Thanks Grace yes he is gorgeous isn't he?
Meanwhile I'm fine and rather significant that the post for Canadian Thanksgiving has stayed up for so long because I'm in Canada and having the time of my life.........Are you ok?

ebezp said...

Hey Rick then I vote for you!!