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Canadian Thanksgiving vs. American Thanksgiving

By: Lana Abdulrahman, Sports Editor, The Pawprint

The United States and Canada are always being compared especially when it comes to day-to-day living situations, but no one seems to talk about how the same famous holiday Thanksgiving is celebrated almost a month apart from each other. 

Canada celebrates Thanksgiving on the first Monday of October and Americans celebrate it on the fourth Thursday of November spacing out more than a month apart from each other although most citizens would assume Canada (being the youngest out of the two countries) copied the tradition from the U.S. they didn’t since it came earlier.

How was Canadian Thanksgiving created? 

One theory is that Thanksgiving comes around during harvesting season so when the French settlers came to New France at the time in the early 17th century they would celebrate by feasting on their harvests. 

There was also a religious view earlier on about the creation of Thanksgiving, which was in 1859 Canada’s protestant ministers began to petition to the colonial government for an official day to thank God. At the same time, Canada was getting closer to being a separate country from Great Britain so they thought having a “Protestant national celebration” was a good way to help create a national identity. 

It was finally formalized as a national holiday in 1879 and claimed the official date in 1957. Nowadays Thanksgiving isn’t in a religious root, it’s more of a day off to enjoy the season, have some delicious food, and spend time with family and friends. 

How was American Thanksgiving created?

During the American Revolution, the Continental Congress assigned one or more days of Thanksgiving throughout the year, and in 1789 George Washington stated that Americans should express their gratitude for the happy conclusion to the country’s war of independence and the successful ratification of the U.S. constitution during this holiday. 

In many American households, the Thanksgiving celebration has lost much of its original religious significance; instead, it now centers on cooking and sharing a bountiful meal with family and friends. Turkey, a Thanksgiving staple so famous it has become all but one with the holiday, may or may not have been on offer when the Pilgrims hosted the inaugural feast in 1621.

Overall, Thanksgiving is an amazing national holiday that gives you a little break to reconnect with family and friends with some delicious food, so really no matter where you are in the world you should be thankful not only for those around you but for the holiday itself.

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