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    :: Monday, October 13, 2003 ::

    Canadian Thanksgiving By Steve Holland
    "A Day of General Thanksgiving to Almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed...to be observed on the 2nd Monday in October."

    Who invented Thanksgiving? American settlers and colonists? No, they did not create Thanksgiving. Actually, the first "thanksgiving" was held in Canada 43 years before the pilgrims gave thanks in 1621.

    When Europeans arrived in North America they brought their traditions and practices with them. In Europe farmers celebrated their harvest times to acknowledge their thanks for good seasons and harvests. They would fill cornucopias, usually a curved goat's horn, with fruits and grains. When Europeans arrived in Canada it is thought they brought this practice with them and it became part of the Canadian Thanksgiving tradition.

    The first Thanksgiving was observed around 1578. Martin Frobisher, an English navigator who was searching for the Spice Islands, landed on Baffin Island. He established a settlement and held the first ceremony of thanksgiving in what is now Newfoundland. The celebration was to give thanks for surviving the long sea journey. As other settlers arrived, they continued these thanksgiving celebrations.
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