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Second Monday in October marks Canadian Thanksgiving Day.
This year, Canada celebrates their Thanksgiving Day on Monday, October 9, 2023.
While an American Thanksgiving is always firmly scheduled on the last Thursday of November, Canadians are free to choose any day (or opt to feast for all three days!) over a long and leisurely three-day Thanksgiving weekend in October.
Much like in the U.S., the Canadian holiday expresses the same heartfelt gratitude for life's abundance, and is celebrated with close friends and family.
The roots of the festivities go back to early Thanksgiving feasts that the first English settlers enjoyed with Indian tribes. Today, it also might take a bit from French, British, and
other more modern food fests.
Like the American tradition, the horn of plenty - the cornucopia - also symbolizes the abundance that Canadians enjoy from farms
and fields from coast to coast.
Tourists should note that while traveling in Canada, the day is a federal holiday with most banks and post offices closed on Monday. Call ahead to check opening hours of shops and restaurants, although many will remain open, especially near major tourist areas.
As long as you're in Canada, why not take an opportunity to share a Thanksgiving feast with a Canadian family? It's one of the country's most beloved traditions. And, especially if you're an American, you can claim to have celebrated TWO Thanksgiving Days this year!