Thanksgiving in the United States is 4th Thursday of November each year, whilst the Canadian Thanksgiving is 2nd Monday of October annually.
The origins of the Canadian Thanksgiving are more closely connected to the traditions of Europe than of the United States.
Long before Europeans settled in North America, festivals of thanks and celebrations of harvest took place in Europe in the month of October.
The very first Thanksgiving celebration in North America took place in Canada when Martin Frobisher, an explorer from England, arrived in Newfoundland in 1578. He wanted to give thanks for his safe arrival to the New World. That means the first Thanksgiving in Canada was celebrated 43 years before the pilgrims landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts!
Another reason for Canadian Thanksgiving arriving earlier than its American counterpart is that Canada is geographically further north than the United States, causing the Canadian harvest season to arrive earlier than the American harvest season.
Since Thanksgiving for Canadians is more about giving thanks for the harvest season than the arrival of pilgrims, it makes sense to celebrate the holiday in October.
So what are the differences between Canadian and American Thanksgiving, other than the date? Not much! Both Canadians and Americans celebrate Thanksgiving with parades, family gatherings, pumpkin pie and a whole lot of turkey!
We have a range of cards suitable for Thanksgiving that can be sent to friends and family living in Canada and the USA, however, please allow sufficient time for delivery
Many Canadians and Americans also live in the UK who will still celebrate thanks giving, so order a card today.