Canadian Vs. American Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving means football games and turkey to most Americans.
In Canada, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday in October. Unlike the American tradition of remembering Pilgrims and settling in the New World, Canadians give thanks for a successful harvest. The harvest season falls earlier in Canada compared to the United States due to the simple fact that Canada is further north.
There are many similarities between the two country’s Thanksgivings, such as the cornucopia and the pumpkin pie.
As with America’s holiday, Canadian Thanksgiving has always been a day that carried religious overtones. In 1957, the Canadian Parliament announced that on the second Monday in October, Thanksgiving would be “a day of general thanksgiving to almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed.” (Go Canada!!!)
America began celebrating the holiday on the fourth Thursday of November, after an official declaration from honest Abe in 1863.
(taken from http://newsnet.byu.edu/story.cfm/41075)

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