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Yes, they differ a lot. Of course, the meaning behind the festival is same. But, there lies a huge difference between the two. Read on to find out more about the differences between American thanksgiving and Canadian thanksgiving.
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In America, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the 4th Thursday of November. The day after Thanksgiving is also observed as a holiday, thus, declaring a 4-day weekend.
On the other hand, Canada celebrates Thanksgiving on the 2nd Monday of October. Thanksgiving is a 3-day weekend in Canada.
American Thanksgiving is all about being thankful for God's bounty and the generosity of Native Americans. Canadian Thanksgiving is all about being thankful for the good harvest.
In America, Thanksgiving is celebrated in all 50 states. But, in Canada, the celebration is optional in Atlantic Canada.
In America, it was founded as a religious observance for all the members of the community. The significance is to be thankful for God's bounty. Historic reasons for community thanksgivings: The 1541 thanksgiving mass after the expedition of Francisco Vásque.
In Canada, it started out as a religious feast about giving thanks for a good harvest, has evolved into one of the most important festivals in Canadian culture.
In America, they celebrate it by the famous Macy's Parade. In Canada, the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest parade is followed and it is broadcasted nationwide. Canadians also enjoy football on Thanksgiving day.
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