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Happy Thanksgiving

 
 
roger
 
Reply Mon 13 Oct, 2008 04:37 pm
If you're not in Canada, wait your turn.
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Mon 13 Oct, 2008 04:38 pm
@roger,
ha!

You ready for leftovers, Mr. Rat?
cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Mon 13 Oct, 2008 04:41 pm
@roger,
I thought it was a bit early for us yankees. LOL
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roger
 
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Reply Mon 13 Oct, 2008 04:49 pm
@ehBeth,
Always and forever.
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farmerman
 
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Reply Mon 13 Oct, 2008 06:17 pm
[email protected] the holiday officially started to celebrate King Ed VII getting well from some pneumonia attak?, and wasnt it in April?
Intrepid
 
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Reply Mon 13 Oct, 2008 06:25 pm
@farmerman,
farmerman wrote:

[email protected] the holiday officially started to celebrate King Ed VII getting well from some pneumonia attak?, and wasnt it in April?


Canada celebrates Thanksgiving on the second Monday in October. But, why do they do that? Why doesnt Canada celebrate Thanksgiving the same day as the United States? Basically, Thanksgiving is a day to give thanks and is not based on a historical date like Christmas. So, the entire world does not celebrate Thanksgiving and even those that do frequently celebrate on different dates than the United States. Canada is a perfect example.

Canadas Thanksgiving is based on a bountiful harvest and not on the Pilgrims and the New World like the Unites States holiday. The reason it occurs earlier than the US Thanksgiving is that Canada is north of the United States and because of this the harvest season occurs earlier during the year. So, it only makes sense for Canada to celebrate its fall harvest during their fall and harvest time!

The First Canadian Thanksgiving

Amazingly, the first Canadian Thanksgiving goes back even further than the United States. Back in 1578 an English explorer named Martin Frobisher was trying to find a northern route to the Orient. He was not successful in his quest, but he did end up establishing a settlement somewhere along what is Newfoundland today. Despite not making it to the Orient Frobisher was thankful the journey had been safe and decided to have a day of thanks. This resulted in the first Canadian Thanksgiving.

During this same time frame many French settlers were making their way to the area and also began having days of thanks during the harvest time. They, like the American Pilgrims, invited local Indians to take part in their feast.

This is how the Canadian Thanksgiving started and why they dont celebrate on the same day as the United States.
Rockhead
 
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Reply Mon 13 Oct, 2008 06:28 pm
@Intrepid,
I'm guessin' y'all aren't nearly as thankful come the end of November...

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roger
 
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Reply Mon 13 Oct, 2008 06:29 pm
@Intrepid,
At least Frobisher knew he hadn't made it. Four voyages on, Columbus was clueless.
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