Awesome And Fun Facts About Canadian Thanksgiving (INFOGRAPHIC)

This is Thanksgiving weekend in Canada and as a proud Canadian, I wanted to share with you some interesting facts about this national holiday. Set on the second Monday in October, as oppose to the U.S. where Thanksgiving falls on the fourth Thursday in November, Canadian Thanksgiving is celebrated almost the same way as the American one. So in Canada this year, it will fall on October, 14th 2013.

Unlike American Thanksgiving which represents remembering the Pilgrims and settling in the New World, Canadian Thanksgiving derives from ancient festivities in Europe that commemorated the abundance of the harvest and having enough food to survive the winter.

It all started back in 1578 when Sir Martin Frobisher, an English explorer, undertook a voyage to search for the Northwest Passage.

At the end of his long trip, he held a formal ceremony in the region we now know as Newfoundland, to give thanks for surviving this terrible journey. This was declared as the first Canadian Thanksgiving.

However, the first Canadian Thanksgiving Day that followed Confederation Day, was seen as a civic holiday on April 15, 1872, to celebrate Prince of Wales’s recovery from a serious affliction.

In 1879, Thanksgiving Day was established as a national holiday, on November, 6th of each year. Over the years, the celebration date has been changed several times, but on January 31st, 1957, the date of Thanksgiving Day was fixed to the 2nd Monday in October.

Since then, Canadian people have been feasting on turkey, cranberry sauce, potatoes, and gravy every year. But do you know how much food we are consuming at the Thanksgiving dinner? Well, check out this entertaining infographic below to get a good idea of the amount of food eaten.

Created by American Appraisal, this exuberant infographic is filled with fun quantities that maybe seem exaggerated at first, but it is very true that we eat loads of food on this grateful day. Therefore, when one thinks about it very carefully, this is not as far-fetched as one might think.

So HAPPY THANKSGIVING, fellow Canadians! Have a great and safe holiday!

Source:  American Appraisal

Photo credit: pulaw/Flickr / CC BY-ND 2.0



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