Since 1957, when Parliament fixed Thanksgiving as the second Monday in October, Canadians have been celebrating Thanksgiving every year with Turkey dinners, liturgical festivals, Thanksgiving Day Classic football games, and Oktoberfest parades.
The Atlantic provinces of Canada do not recognize Thanksgiving Day as a Statutory Holiday, but most federal government regulated companies, such as banks, observe the holiday.
Like many Canadians across the country I will be cooking up a scoff of turkey and all the trimmings, but unlike what they do in the movies, we do not join hands, pray, or recite what we are thankful for. For we go to weekly mass and pray therein. And no one I know likes pumpkin pie!
In the past, I never really understood this holiday. I mean, I'm thankful for what I have everyday, so why would there be a special day put aside for such a thing? I guess, not everyone is thankful everyday, or maybe we need to be reminded of how good we really have it with our Canadian Football League, Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Parade (Ontario), and amazing farms where we can buy organic free-range turkeys and fresh, just harvested vegetables for our feast.
Originally, the holiday was about giving thanks for the harvest season, but it has become much more than that. I think that a lot of people use this holiday to not only gather things for a feast, but to gather as a family, as a community, and as a nation. Thanksgiving is about tradition and culture, something we all should strive to honor and continue. We should be thankful for all that this vast country has to offer in all its glorious splendor.
This year's Thanksgiving Day falls on October 13, and with our busy schedules we can all use a long weekend.
So, from my family to yours, have a safe and prosperous Thanksgiving Day weekend.