Much like the United States, Canada has its own Thanksgiving celebration. It’s a time for family and friends to come together around a table full of food and be thankful. Too often, our lives can be consumed with woes and worries rather than taking a second to meditate on the blessings. Historically, Canadian Thanksgiving has its roots in a bountiful harvest, but today it’s more about spending time with those you love. Of course, while both countries have their version of the holiday and they share many similarities, they’re also quite different. Ready to find out what those are? Here are 25 Canadian Thanksgiving Facts You Probably Never Knew.
Canadian Thanksgiving is held on the second Monday in October, making it coincide with Columbus Day.
Cranberries are a big part of any Thanksgiving meal, be it American or Canadian, and we have the Algonquin natives to thank for it. They were the first to harvest wild cranberries and use them for food and medicine.
The tradition of breaking the wishbone is also practiced during Canadian Thanksgiving. It actually goes all the way back to the Etruscans in 322 BCE. The Romans brought it to England who eventually brought it to Canada.
Of course, Canadian Thanksgiving wasn't an official holiday until Parliament made a declaration in 1879. They then moved it to the third Monday of October and then finally the second Monday of October in 1957.