Canadian Thanksgiving around the world in 2020

Canadian Thanksgiving around the world in 2020
  How long until Canadian Thanksgiving?
This holiday next takes place in 312 days.
  Dates of Canadian Thanksgiving around the world
2021 CanadaOct 11
Alberta Mon, Oct 11Regional Holiday
British Columbia Mon, Oct 11Regional Holiday
Manitoba Mon, Oct 11Regional Holiday
New Brunswick Mon, Oct 11Regional Holiday
Newfoundland and Labrador Mon, Oct 11Regional Holiday
Northwest Territories Mon, Oct 11Regional Holiday
Nova Scotia Mon, Oct 11Not A Public Holiday
Nunavut Mon, Oct 11Regional Holiday
Ontario Mon, Oct 11Regional Holiday
Quebec Mon, Oct 11Regional Holiday
Saskatchewan Mon, Oct 11Regional Holiday
Yukon Mon, Oct 11Regional Holiday
2020 CanadaOct 12
Alberta Mon, Oct 12Regional Holiday
British Columbia Mon, Oct 12Regional Holiday
New Brunswick Mon, Oct 12Regional Holiday
Newfoundland and Labrador Mon, Oct 12Regional Holiday
Northwest Territories Mon, Oct 12Regional Holiday
Nova Scotia Mon, Oct 12Not A Public Holiday
Nunavut Mon, Oct 12Regional Holiday
Ontario Mon, Oct 12Regional Holiday
Quebec Mon, Oct 12Regional Holiday
Saskatchewan Mon, Oct 12Regional Holiday
Yukon Mon, Oct 12Regional Holiday
2019 CanadaOct 14
Alberta Mon, Oct 14Regional Holiday
British Columbia Mon, Oct 14Regional Holiday
Manitoba Mon, Oct 14Regional Holiday
New Brunswick Mon, Oct 14Regional Holiday
Newfoundland and Labrador Mon, Oct 14Regional Holiday
Northwest Territories Mon, Oct 14Regional Holiday
Nova Scotia Mon, Oct 14Not A Public Holiday
Nunavut Mon, Oct 14Regional Holiday
Ontario Mon, Oct 14Regional Holiday
Quebec Mon, Oct 14Regional Holiday
Saskatchewan Mon, Oct 14Regional Holiday
Yukon Mon, Oct 14Regional Holiday
2018 CanadaOct 8
Alberta Mon, Oct 8Regional Holiday
British Columbia Mon, Oct 8Regional Holiday
Manitoba Mon, Oct 8Regional Holiday
New Brunswick Mon, Oct 8Regional Holiday
Newfoundland and Labrador Mon, Oct 8Regional Holiday
Northwest Territories Mon, Oct 8Regional Holiday
Nunavut Mon, Oct 8Regional Holiday
Ontario Mon, Oct 8Regional Holiday
Quebec Mon, Oct 8Regional Holiday
Saskatchewan Mon, Oct 8Regional Holiday
Yukon Mon, Oct 8Regional Holiday
2017 CanadaOct 9
Alberta Mon, Oct 9Regional Holiday
British Columbia Mon, Oct 9Regional Holiday
Manitoba Mon, Oct 9Regional Holiday
New Brunswick Mon, Oct 9Regional Holiday
Newfoundland and Labrador Mon, Oct 9Regional Holiday
Northwest Territories Mon, Oct 9Regional Holiday
Nunavut Mon, Oct 9Regional Holiday
Ontario Mon, Oct 9Regional Holiday
Quebec Mon, Oct 9Regional Holiday
Saskatchewan Mon, Oct 9Regional Holiday
Yukon Mon, Oct 9Regional Holiday
  Summary
Celebrated on the Second Monday in October and statutory, except in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island.
  Which countries observe Canadian Thanksgiving in 2020?
Canada  CanadaOct 12Regional Holiday
Canada  CanadaOct 12Not A Public Holiday

When is Canadian Thanksgiving?

Canadian Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday in October and is an official statutory holiday, except in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island.

In Nova Scotia, Thanksgiving is a Designated Retail Closing Day. This means under the Retail Business Designated Day Closing Act, some retail businesses are prohibited from opening, but it is not a paid holiday.

Traditions of Canadian Thanksgiving

On Thanksgiving, Canadians give thanks for a successful year and harvest.

The Thanksgiving holiday tradition in Canada dates back to when the English explorer, Martin Frobisher, came upon the land we now know as Canada while searching for a Northern passage to the Orient.

When Frobisher arrived in Canada on his third voyage in 1578, he held a formal ceremony where he gave thanks for surviving the long journey - one of his ships had been lost on the way. Frobisher celebrated with salt beef and peas. South of the border, it would be another 43 years before the Pilgrims sat down to celebrate their first Thanksgiving meal.

Apart from taking place years before its American counterpart, Canadian thanksgiving also takes place over a month earlier. One reason is that the harvest season starts earlier in the more northerly Canada than it does in the US. 

Thanksgiving became a nationally recognised holiday in Canada in 1879. The date of the holiday has moved around a few times since then, and settled on the current date in 1957.

Today, it is celebrated by gathering with loved ones and preparing the Thanksgiving Day meal, which usually includes turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and many other dishes. There are often regional variations on the meal. For instance, Newfoundlanders might hark back to Frobisher's original feast and serve Jiggs' dinner, a boiled meat dish often paired with a split-pea pudding. Instead of pumpkin pie, Ontarians often serve butter tarts, bite-sized pastry shells stuffed with a syrupy filling.

In the regions where Canadian Thanksgiving is celebrated, most government offices will be closed and so will many local amenities. Public transport is likely to run on a holiday or Sunday schedule. Banks will be closed along with the Toronto Stock Exchange.

In New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, where the day isn't a holiday, employers aren't required to pay their employees for the day off so families often celebrate their thanksgiving on the Sunday before instead.

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