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In Canada, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday in October.
While Thanksgiving in the U.S. is traditionally a remembrance of Pilgrims and early white settlements in the New World, the Canadians give thanks for a successful harvest. The harvest season falls earlier in Canada compared to the U.S., which is the primary reason for the earlier holiday date.
Thanksgiving in Canada dates back to the 16th century when an English explorer, Martin Frobisher, tried unsuccessfully to find a northern passage to the Orient. He did, however, establish a settlement in Northern America and, in the year 1578, held a formal ceremony giving thanks for surviving the long journeyin what is now Newfoundland.
Considered the first Canadian Thanksgiving, Frobisher's party became a tradition among subsequent settlers.
In 1931, Armistice Day and Thanksgiving became separate holidays and Armistice Day was renamed Remembrance Day.
Most recently, in 1957, Parliament proclaimed "A Day of General Thanksgiving to Almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed" to be observed on the 2nd Monday in October.
Tale of Two Thanksgivings
There are many similarities between the Thanksgivings held in the U.S, and Canas, such as the symbolic cornucopia and the ubiquitous pumpkin pie.
Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the first Monday of October in St. Lucia, corresponding to the autumn harvest in that country.
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