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lunes, 8 de octubre de 2012

Thanksgiving in Canada

Canadians want to be different. Unfortunately, when people think of North America, they just picture in their minds the USA, forgetting our Mexico "lindo" and the vast lands of Canada. 

We already know the history of Thanksgiving. Puritan people, unhappy with the religious ways of James I, decided to quit England for good and set off on the Mayflower searching for the coast of Massachussets. If you read London by Rutherfurd,  he even makes the Mayflower departs from London before getting to Southhampton. 

To mark a difference, Thanksgiving is the 2nd Monday in October, while Americans celebrate it on the 4th Thursday in November. For Canadians, Thanksgiving is mostly a celebration of the harvesting.

It is said the first Thanksgiving  in Canada  was when Martin Frobisher, an explorer from England, arrived in Newfoundland in 1578. He wanted to give thanks for his safe arrival to the New World. Therefore,  the first Thanksgiving in Canada was celebrated 43 years before the pilgrims landed in Plymouth. However, it is mainly a question of being further in the north, reason why their harvest season arrives earlier.

For the rest, almost everything is the same. Canadians take the chance to have a long weekend before winter arrives. Some of them go to the countryside to do some fishing and hiking, while others will have family gatherings eating turkey and watching the Canadian Football League


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