Read about the origin, history and celebration of Thanksgiving Day (Jour De L'Action De Grâce) in Canada.
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Thanksgiving Day in Canada

Origin and History of Thanksgiving Day in Canada

Thanksgiving in Canada was introduced by an English explorer called Martin Frobisher in 1578. He organized a formal ceremony in Newfoundland when he failed to find a route to the northern passage to the Orient. The event was organized to celebrate his safe return from the long journey. This ceremony is considered to be the first Canadian Thanksgiving. Over the years several changes were made to the dates for celebrating the occasion. In the year 1931, Armistice Day was renamed as Remembrance Day. Since then second Monday in the month of October is celebrated as the official 'Thanksgiving Day' in Canada.

Local name: Jour De L'Action De Grâce

Ways to celeberate Jour De L'Action De Grâce in Canada

Thanksgiving is a holiday of Thanking and Giving. It is celebrated on the second Monday of October in Canada. The day is observed by church services and family reunions. Canadians also prepare customary family feast and turkey dinner for the occasion. Turkeys, pumpkins, ears of corn are used to symbolize the event. This day is considered special and a perfect time to share love and care towards ones family, friends and relatives. Thanksgiving parades are also organized for the day. The main idea of the celebrations is to be thankful for the past harvest and pray for something better in the coming year.