Monday, October 11, 2010


Today is the Thanksgiving holiday in Canada. Why does our thanksgiving happen a full month before the same holiday in the U.S.? Well, according to

In Canada Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday in October. Unlike the American tradition of remembering Pilgrims and settling in the New World, Canadians give thanks for a successful harvest. The harvest season falls earlier in Canada compared to the United States due to the simple fact that Canada is further north.

The history of Thanksgiving in Canada goes back to an English explorer, Martin Frobisher, who had been trying to find a northern passage to the Orient. He did not succeed but he did establish a settlement in Northern America. In the year 1578, he held a formal ceremony, in what is now called Newfoundland, to give thanks for surviving the long journey. This is considered the first Canadian Thanksgiving. Other settlers arrived and continued these ceremonies. He was later knighted and had an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean in northern Canada named after him - Frobisher Bay.
In our house this year we are feasting on the traditional Thanksgiving Mango Chicken Masala with curried vegetables and roti. Well, it's actually not a tradition but our family is a little scattered this year and can't get together for the holiday.

One of the Thanksgiving Traditions in our house is sitting around the dinner table and telling each other what we are thankful for.

Right now I would just like to let anyone reading this know that I am very thankful that you have taken the time to pay attention to what I have written or come by to look at the pictures that I have drawn. I am also very thankful to my regular followers and particularly to those who leave comments. I am honoured by your interest and doubly honoured by those who join the conversation, scant as it it sometimes compared to others.

Thus I raise a virtual glass of spirits to all those who have wandered this way. May your homes and lives be filled with warmth, love and happiness.

I've been here and there. I've drawn a lot of pictures. I've written a bit, too. I'm not good at this self-promotion thing. Look, you want to know about me? just visit these websites. Okay?


Kal said...

Right back at your, mu brother. I know I am thankful to have connected with people who validate my interests and found so much more to appreciate them for.

Joel Jenkins said...

One year I lived right on the Canadian border in the small town of Massena, NY. I was able to enjoy Thanksgivings on both sides of the border that year.

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