Thanksgiving in Canada and the United States have both one same goal, to give thanks for the autumnal harvest. But even though they have this signification in common, the similarities stop there. Each holiday has many other reasons to celebrate.
Today, October 12th is Thanksgiving in Canada, and I wanted to compare the way these two neighboring countries celebrate this holiday and show you their different customs. Although they have several dissimilarities, Thanksgiving is still a time, in each country, to enjoy delicious foods with family and friends.
Canadian vs. American Thanksgiving
First of all, the two Thanksgivings are over a month apart. Canadian Thanksgiving is celebrated the 2nd Monday of October and is part of a three-day weekend. On the other hand, Thanksgiving in the U. S. occurs on the last Thursday of November and is often part of a four-day weekend.
The reason why we Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving one month and a half before Americans is because of the cold. Since we experience colder temperatures much earlier, fall veggies are ready to be harvested earlier than in the United States.
Another big difference is the main reason to give thanks. In Canada, we pay tribute to the safe passage of Martin Frobisher to Newfoundland in 1578, while Americans remembers the first harvest celebration that the Pilgrims held in 1621.
A tale of two Thanksgivings infographic
To show you the differences between Canadian and American Thanksgiving, I found this great infographic, created by Canada Pharmacy Online. It combines numerous facts about each Thanksgiving. Furthermore, the infographic explains really well the differences between the two Thanksgivings.
Here are the outlines:
- European history and traditions
- First Nations/Native Americans traditions
- 1st official Thanksgiving
- Thanksgiving Day
- Traditional meals
- Televised sports
- Other traditions
- Did you know?
- Have a healthy Thanksgiving
|via Canada Pharmacy Online|
Over to you
Did you know about all these differences between Canadian and American Thanksgiving? What do you think about them? And how do you plan on celebrating Thanksgiving, Canadian or American? Please, share with us in the comment box below!