No it isn’t still Thanksgiving. However, my loveable friend Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet star was confused about our Thanksgiving and the October Thanksgiving, so I thought I would explain the wonders of the season for her.
My Humans spent a couple of years, long before my time, in Canada. The people there, according to my Human, have the best time of year for Thanksgiving. It looks more like this picture.
That is what it looks like here when the people in Canada celebrate their Thanksgiving the second Monday in October.
For some reason the people in the states failed to take a page from Canada’s celebration. We celebrate after the trees are naked.
Canada’s Thanksgiving coincides with the Columbus day holiday in the U.S. Their Thanksgiving has something to do with a voyage from England in search of the Northwest Passage.
Different parts of Canada used to celebrate Thanksgiving at different times. It wasn’t until 1957 the date became the 2nd Monday in October.
Since Canada and the U.S. are separate countries, we are thankful on different days…something about Pilgrims and Indians and corn here in the states.
Todays U.S. Thanksgiving holiday started from a 1621 celebration. The Plymouth settlers had a harvest feast to celebrate their successful harvest. In 1863 during the Civil War the U.S. President Lincoln declared the official holiday fourth Thursday in November.
So, you see Penny, Canada and the U.s have the same purpose for celebrating, but back in the day the settlers in the U.S. didn’t know about the explorers in Canada. Thus their holidays evolved on different dates in different months.
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