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Canadian Thanksgiving tradition.
Thanksgiving, or Thanksgiving Day is celebrated every year on the second Monday in October, and is an annual Canadian holiday which celebrates the harvest and other blessings of the past year. It is also noted in history that the first Thanksgiving Day after Canadian Confederation was observed as a civic holiday on April 5th, 1872, to celebrate the recovery of the Prince of Wales (who later was better known as King Edward VII) from a serious illness. For many years before it was declared a national holiday in 1879, Thanksgiving was celebrated in either late October or early November. From 1879 onward, Thanksgiving Day has been observed every year, the date initially being a Thursday in November. The date of celebration changed several times until in 1957, it was officially declared to be observed on the second Monday in October every year. The theme of the Thanksgiving as a national holiday also changed each year to reflect an important event to be thankful for. In its early years it was for an abundant harvest and occasionally for a special anniversary.
Thus Thanksgiving now is a statutory holiday in most jurisdictions of Canada, with the exception of the Atlantic provinces of Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland & Labrador, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
Many Canadian families often use the three-day Thanksgiving weekend to visit other family members or friends who live far away, or to receive them in their own homes. Many people also prepare a special meal to eat at some point during the long weekend. Traditionally, this includes roast (oven baked) turkey and seasonal produce, such as pumpkin, corn ears and pecan nuts. Now, the meal may consist of other foods, particularly in some ethnic families.
The Thanksgiving weekend is also a popular time to take a short autumn vacation. This may be the last chance in a while for some people to use cottages or holiday homes before winter finally sets in. Other popular activities include, outdoor breaks to admire the spectacular colors of the Canadian autumn, hiking, boating and fishing. Fans of sports teams usually in the Canadian Football League may spend part of the weekend watching the Thanksgiving Day Classic matches. Others may spend time watching timeless classic movies or listening to classic oldies.
But on the whole it is a enriching experience for most Canadian families and traditionally a lot of detailed planning is done by all to make this occasion a memorable one every year.
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