Thanksgiving in Canada is a public holiday and usually celebrated on the second Monday of October. It is celebrated at home with traditional meals like roasted turkey, cranberries, and pumpkin pie.
Big meals are organised by families for any day during the weekend, but mostly people celebrate on Sunday or Monday. There are some special culinary traditions worth checking out. Canadian pumpkin pie usually includes lots of spices like nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger.
This holiday also has a sports tradition. On this day the Canadian Football League plays two games in the afternoon, which is called the Thanksgiving Day Classic. Having a three-day weekend, Canadians also plan some short trips as well.
The most famous getaways are the U.S., Vancouver Island, Victoria, and resorts like Whistler and Grouse Mountain. The main difference between the Canadian and American Thanksgiving Day is the time when they are celebrated. Canadian Thanksgiving is in October, while American Thanksgiving is in November. In the U.S. people prepare for the shopping extravaganza Black Friday right after the celebration of Thanksgiving, while in Canada the best shopping time is before Christmas. The Canadian holiday history is not associated with pilgrims like in America. This day is partly associated with the harvest festivals and partly with the English explorer Martin Frobisher's voyage to Canada.
Although they have something in common, the aim of this holiday in both countries is to give thanks for everything good you have and everything good that happened to you during the year.