Thanksgiving is a festival of virtues and celebration. Behind all the fun-frolic, huge feast, overeating, hugs and kisses, a weekend of fun, parade, exciting football matches, decorative churches and undying traditions lies the very heart of people expressing their gratitude.
"A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues" said Cicero. So, let us take time to know the history of the most celebrated festival of Canada.
Martin Forbisher, an English explorer was on a voyage to find northern passage to the orient. He circled many parts around and finally accepted his defeat.
In 1578, he held a ceremony in a place which is now called the Newfoundland, to thank almighty and his crew members for he successfully survived a very long expedition. This is considered as the first thanksgiving to be celebrated ever in Canadian History.
Samuel de Champlain, a french explorer, graced the land of Canada. He was on a very important expedition.
Samuel de Champlain was a cheerful man. He held huge feasts with grandeur. Not only this, he invited neighboring tribal and residents, making it a very joyful gathering.
The Seven Years' War started from 1754 and 1763, but the major upsurge in the conflict was seen in a period of seven years from 1756 to 1763.
The horrendous war ended with and the day was observed by the Halifax residents as Thanksgiving festival. The Loyalists helped in spreading awareness to the other parts of the country.
With the spirit of oneness and love, thanksgiving was celebrated all over the country with joy and pride. Local and provincial holidays were observed and joy among people was unparalleled.
On 6 Nov, 1879 the Parliament declared an official Thanksgiving day. On 6 November every year the Canadians will observe a National Holiday to celebrate the festival of Thanksgiving.
But ambiguity persisted. The date of thanksgiving festival changed many times before 1957. On January 31, 1957 thanksgiving was declared to be held on every second Monday , every year.
So, it is here again. High spirits for Thanksgiving this year! Happy Thanksgiving Canada!