What is Thanks­giv­ing

The Miracle - - Front Page - Thanks­giv­ing Day. www.time­and­date.com We en­joyed on Oct 9th Pub­lic hol­i­day, but at least we should not know what is Thanks­giv­ing Day?

T han­ks­giv­ing Day in Canada has been a hol­i­day on the sec­ond Mon­day of Oc­to­ber since 1957. It is a chance for peo­ple to give thanks for a good har­vest and other for­tunes in the past year. What Do Peo­ple Do? Many peo­ple have a day off work on the sec­ond Mon­day of Oc­to­ber. They of­ten use the three-day Thanks­giv­ing week­end to visit fam­ily 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 in­cluded roast turkey and sea­sonal pro­duce, such as pump­kin, corn ears and pecan nuts. Now, the meal may con­sist of other foods, par­tic­u­larly if the fam­ily is of non-Euro­pean de­scent. 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 sets in. Other pop­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude out­door breaks to ad­mire the spec­tac­u­lar colors of the Cana­dian au­tumn, hik­ing, and fish­ing. Fans of the teams in the Cana­dian Foot­ball League may spend part of the week­end watch­ing the Thanks­giv­ing Day Classic matches. Pub­lic Life Thanks­giv­ing Day is a na­tional pub­lic hol­i­day in Canada. Many peo­ple have the day off work and all schools and post of­fices are closed. Many stores and other busi­nesses and or­ga­ni­za­tions are also closed. Pub­lic trans­port ser­vices may run to a re­duced timetable or may not run at all. Back­ground The na­tive peo­ples of the Amer­i­cas held cer­e­monies and fes­ti­vals to cel­e­brate the com­ple­tion and bounty of the har­vest long be­fore Euro­pean ex­plor­ers and set­tlers ar­rived in what is now Canada. Early Euro­pean thanks­giv­ings were held to give thanks for some spe­cial for­tune. An early ex­am­ple is the cer­e­mony the ex­plorer Martin Fro­bisher held in 1578 af­ter he had sur­vived the long jour­ney in his quest to find a north­ern pas­sage from Europe to Asia. Many thanks­giv­ings were held fol­low­ing note­wor­thy events dur­ing the 18th cen­tury. Refugees flee­ing the civil war in the United States brought the cus­tom of an an­nual thanks­giv­ing fes­ti­val to Canada. From 1879, Thanks­giv­ing Day was held ev­ery year but the date var­ied and there was a spe­cial theme each year. The theme was the “Bless­ings of an abun­dant har­vest” for many years. How­ever, Queen Vic­to­ria’s golden and di­a­mond ju­bilees and King Ed­ward VII’s corona­tion formed the theme in later years. From the end of the First World War un­til 1930, both Ar­mistice Day and Thanks­giv­ing Day were cel­e­brated on the Mon­day clos­est to Novem­ber 11, the an­niver­sary of the of­fi­cial end of hos­til­i­ties in World War I. In 1931, Ar­mistice Day was re­named Re­mem­brance Day and Thanks­giv­ing Day was moved to a Mon­day in Oc­to­ber. Since 1957, Thanks­giv­ing Day has al­ways been held on the sec­ond Mon­day in Oc­to­ber. Sym­bols Thanks­giv­ing Day in Canada is linked to the Euro­pean tra­di­tion of har­vest fes­ti­vals. A com­mon im­age seen at this time of year is a cor­nu­copia, or horn, filled with sea­sonal fruit and veg­eta­bles. The cor­nu­copia, which means “Horn of Plenty” in Latin, was a sym­bol of bounty and plenty in an­cient Greece. Tur­keys, pump­kins, ears of corn and large dis­plays of food are also used to sym­bol­ize

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