Thanksgiving in Canada officially began in 1578 when English explorer Martin Frobisher set sail to the sea in hopes of finding the Northwest Passage.
He and his crew were greeted with less than ideal weather conditions. The environment was so bad that once they anchored, they were told to be thankful for having made it to safety.
After Confederation, Canadians celebrated the national holiday in November, but that did not last long. The weather, terrible as it can be in the eleventh month, made merchants rise up and demand an earlier date. After the uproar in 1957, Canadian Thanksgiving was moved to the second Monday in October whereas Americans celebrate on the fourth Thursday of November. Moreover, Canadians originally celebrated Thanksgiving to be grateful for life, abundant harvests and splendid victories over enemies.
In fact, to this day Canadians and Americans celebrate the holiday much differently. Americans enjoy football watching, shopping and saving on incredible retail sales, whereas Canadians like to get outside and enjoy the good weather along with a nice family meal.
There you have it, now go enjoy some turkey or tofurky! Happy Thanksgiving, to our fellow Canadians.
Please note that all Dye & Durham offices will be closed for the holiday, Monday, October 12, reopening Tuesday, October 13 at 8:30 a.m.