¿Por qué es Acción de Gracias en octubre?
Hoy - Lunes, De octubre 12, 2009 — is the Thanksgiving holiday en Canadá.
Canadienses celebran la festividad de Acción de Gracias aproximadamente seis semanas antes que los americanos. Y U.S. expatriados siempre preguntar,"¿Por qué?"
He aquí un extracto de mi libro, Residentes en el Extranjero en Canadá, sobre why Canadian Thanksgiving is in October:
Mientras que Canada doesn’t share the pilgrim legends that infuse U.S. Thanksgiving traditions, the country does have a history of thanksgiving feasts.…
The Canadian government first proclaimed an official holiday for “the blessings of an abundant harvest” in November 1879. For the next 40-some years, Canada celebrated Thanksgiving on varying dates in either October or November.…Finally, en 1957, Parliament permanently declared that Thanksgiving would be celebrated on the second Monday of October.
But why October? Historians don’t agree, although many say it’s because October is harvest time in much of Canada. By late November, wide swaths of the country are already covered in snow.
Most Americans will find Canada’s Thanksgiving foods familiar. Canadians typically load up their holiday table with turkey, cosas-ción, mashed or sweet potatoes, la salsa de arándano, at least of couple of other vegetables, and some sort of pie.
Canadienses que viven mag-a-zine highlights some of the subtle differences between Thanksgiving dinners in Canada and the U.S here.
Happy Turkey Day!
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