Canadian Coincidence

Andrea Abney, Writer

A picture of brussel sprouts, cranberry sauce, asparagus, mashed potatoes, turkey and more thanksgiving food placed on the dinner table ready to serve.

Once in our lives when we were all in elementary school, we learned about how the term “Thanksgiving” came to the United States of America. Some other countries celebrate their Thanksgiving in similar ways such as Canada.


Thanksgiving in the U.S. is the fourth Thursday in every November while Thanksgiving in Canada takes place on the second Monday in every October. Usually, Thanksgiving in America consists of a four day weekend which lasts from Thursday to Sunday, while in Canada they only have a three day weekend which starts on Saturday and ends on Monday. All fifty states in the United States participate in the holiday. In Canada, Thanksgiving is optional. Sometimes, Canadians use the holiday to go on vacations.


The term “Thanksgiving” actually came to Canada before The United States. This year the Canadian Thanksgiving takes place on October eighth. The idea of Thanksgiving in Canada all started when an explorer named Martin Frobisher, an explorer from England decided to give thanks for his safe journey searching of the Northwest Passage in 1578, forty three years before the first thanksgiving in the United States. This celebration is noted as the first thanksgiving to ever be celebrated in North America.


Thanksgiving in Canada was not taken that seriously until the middle of the nineteenth century. In 1859, protestant ministries started to suggest that the colonial government have a day to thank god because of them being spared during the bloody, horrifying Civil War. In 1908, The Canadian Thanksgiving was moved to Monday.

Canada bases their Canadian thanksgiving traditions similar to the United States’s Thanksgiving. Some ways that they are the same is that they both serve turkey for their thanksgivings. Both countries usually serve mashed potatoes, stuffing, sweet potatoes and cranberry sauce too.  


Some differences of the Thanksgiving food in The United States and Canada is the two countries birds. Canada sweetens their turkey with maple syrup. Another difference in their food is that Canada includes fried mushrooms, bacon and onions in their mashed potato dish. Canada also serves sweet corn, cabbage, carrots, turnips and other fall vegetables as part of their main dishes too.


The deserts are somewhat different in the two countries. Canada serves pumpkin pie, which is served in a United States Thanksgiving, but the Canadian’s pumpkin pie is layered with mincemeat.


In the United States, there is not a certain drink that is known to be part of a Thanksgiving celebration. They’ll drink anything during their feast, but in Canada they have special drinks for their Canadian Thanksgiving such as hot apple cider with bourbon infused in it, cocktails, martinis, holiday mule that consists of ginger, beer, gin or vodka and booze.


The two countries constantly have similarities and differences, but at the end, it’s giving thanks that counts.

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