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Thanksgiving a time of reflection

Don Fennell   Oct-02-2017

Thanksgiving is an annual celebration of the harvest.

Lawrence OP via Flickr


Similar to the August Moon Festival in China, Thanksgiving in an important holiday in Canada.

Celebrated annually since 1879 when parliament passed a law designating a national day of thanksgiving, since 1957 it has been held on a fixed date. At that time, then-governor general Vincent Massey proclaimed “A day of general Thanksgiving to Almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed is to observed on the second Monday in October.” This year, that date is Oct. 9.

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Food and football make an odd, but true, traditional Thanksgiving pairing.

During the long weekend, families and friends traditionally gather for a feast that centres around turkey served with stuffing, mashed potatoes with gravy, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, sweet corn, and various autumn vegetables such as Brussel sprouts. Pumpkin pie typically completes the meal.

A popular alternative is baked ham and apple pie.

The Canadian Football League traditionally holds a Thanksgiving Day game, the Thanksgiving Day Classic. It is one of two weeks in which the league plays on Monday afternoons, the other being the Labour Day Classic. This year’s feature game will see the Montreal Alouettes host the Edmonton Eskimos.


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