Happy Thanksgiving and Bonne Action de grâce’! 🍁🦃 🇨🇦
On January 31, 1957, the Governor General of Canada Vincent Massey issued a proclamation stating: "A Day of General Thanksgiving to Almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed – to be observed on the second Monday in October."
Canadian Thanksgiving is observed on the second Monday of October every year, though for those who celebrate, feasting may occur on any day of the preceding weekend.
Its date has moved several times, but in 1957, the Canadian parliament settled on October. The new date lined up with the completion of the Canadian harvest and just early enough in the fall to beat the onslaught of winter's cold.
Some say the holiday dates back to Martin Frobisher giving thanks for surviving a tough voyage to the Arctic in 1578. Others ascribe it to Samuel de Champlain in 1604 and his Order of Good Cheer.
Others attribute its popularity, particularly in Ontario by the thousands of American colonists , who supported the Crown in the American Revolution moved north and brought their traditions with them, including turkey and pumpkin on Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving's a statutory holiday in most of Canada, meaning that it's celebrated nationally, but can also be legislated at the provincial and territorial levels.
Whatever the case, if you are celebrating, we wish you the happiest of Thanksgivings!
For more on the history of Canadian Thanksgiving, click the vintage postcard.