The Canadian Thanksgiving date differs from the U.S Thanksgiving date because in Canada Thanksgiving is not derived from the Pilgrims
but the end of a successful harvest. Because of the northerly location
of Canada, their harvest season ends earlier than the USA.
The designated date for Canadian Thanksgiving Day is the second Monday in October. In 2012 this is the 14th October.
Thanksgiving in Canada was originally
observed in Newfoundland, and other parts of the country by new European
settlers. Over the years it moved between various dates, sometimes
being observed in November and sometimes in October. It was not until
the 1950’s that the current date was proclaimed as being the official
date for Canadian Thanksgiving.
Canada, Thanksgiving is about family and food, and for many, football,
just as it in United States. Some families choose to observe a four day
weekend (Friday through until Monday), but the official public holiday
in Canada is the Monday, giving most a three day weekend.
Thanksgiving for families is simply about spending time decorating the house, preparing all of the Thanksgiving food, Thanksgiving crafts and decorations, (and of course the dinner!) as well as enjoying a long weekend before the onset of Winter.