What Makes Canadian Thanksgiving Different from Other Countries?

Do you know? Thanksgiving is not just a Canadian or American holiday. Many countries have their own versions of this festival, with different dates, traditions, and foods than Canada. 🌎 

Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving in October with a feast of turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, corn, and pumpkin pie. 🦃 They also watch football games and enjoy the company of family and friends. 🏈 Other countries have their own ways of celebrating gratitude and harvest. 

For example:

Germany: They celebrate Erntedankfest (“harvest festival of thanks”) on the first Sunday in October. They carry a harvest crown to the church and feast on fattened-up chickens or castrated roosters. 🐔 

Brazil: They celebrate Dia de Ação de Graças (Day of Thanks) on the fourth Thursday of November, following the American date. They have turkey, mashed potatoes, cornbread, and salads. 🥗 

Japan: They celebrate Kinrō Kansha no Hi (Labor Thanksgiving Day) on November 23. They honor workers and their contributions to society. 👷‍♂️ They have rice, fish, chestnuts, and persimmons. 🍚 

Netherlands: They celebrate Dankdag (Thanksgiving Day) on the first Wednesday of November. They give thanks to God for the harvest and other blessings. 🙏 They have chicken, mashed potatoes, vegetables and apple pie. 🥧 They also attend church services and sing hymns. 🎶 

Korea: They celebrate Chuseok (Autumn Eve) on the 15th day of the eighth month of the lunar calendar. They honor their ancestors and celebrate their heritage. 👵👴 They have rice cakes, fruits, nuts, and traditional dishes. 🍡 They also visit graves, perform rituals, and play games. 🎲 

Canada is a diverse country with people from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Therefore, not every Canadian celebrates Thanksgiving in the same way. Some may have different traditions, foods, or activities that reflect their heritage or preferences. 😊 

While there is no one way to celebrate Thanksgiving in Canada, there is a spirit of gratitude and generosity that unites Canadians across the country. Happy Thanksgiving! 🍁

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Paul
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7 months ago

Wow, very educative. Thanks for sharing and happy Thanksgiving.

Hope
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7 months ago

While there is no one way to celebrate Thanksgiving in Canada, there is a spirit of gratitude and generosity that unites Canadians across the country.” Thanks Nidhi for this educative piece. May the spirit of the day continue to unite us.