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Mayflower, Day by Day - Monday, 11 October 1621

11 Oct 2021 3:32 AM | Soule (Administrator)

American v Canadian Thanksgiving (part two)

Canadian Thanksgiving, on the other hand, began as an explicitly religious observance: it dates back to the 1860s when Protestant ministers in Canada asked the government to declare an official holiday to remind people to thank God for the fall harvest each year.  From 1879 onward, Thanksgiving Day was observed every year on a Thursday in November.  After World War I, an amendment to the Armistice Day Act established that Armistice Day and Thanksgiving would, starting in 1921, both be celebrated on the Monday of the week in which November 11 occurred.  Ten years later, in 1931, the two days became separate holidays, and Armistice Day was renamed Remembrance Day.  From 1931 to 1957, the date was set by proclamation, generally falling on the second Monday in October, except for 1935, when it was moved owing to a general election.  Canadian Thanksgiving has not been given any explicit connection to the Pilgrims, at least officially, although individual Canadians can obviously include the Pilgrims in their celebration.


  • 11 Oct 2021 3:41 AM | Soule (Administrator)
    By the way, this is post number 400. Something to be thankful for!
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