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Thursday, November 24, 2005

CANADIAN, EH ?

Today, November 24th, 2005 is Thanksgiving Day in the United States of America. In Canada, we celebrate Thanksgiving on the second Monday in October. This year it was on October 10.

Thanksgiving is believed to have originated by European farmers as a way to give thanks for the harvest and the abundance of food. The farmers would hold celebrations and would fill a curved goat’s horn with grains and fruits. This was called a cornucopia, or horn of good plenty. It is thought that the European farmers brought this tradition to us when they came to Canada. Now we commonly celebrate Thanksgiving with a turkey dinner with family and friends.

The reason that Thanksgiving is celebrated earlier in Canada than in the United States is due to the harvest season. In Canada our harvest is sooner due to a shorter growing season, therefore we celebrate Thanksgiving in October rather than in November.

If you would like more information on CANADIAN, EH?, please email Doctor English with your questions at drenglish@vec.ca.

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