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धन्यवाद: What’s different in Canada?

द्वारा प्रस्तुत नवंबर को 25, 2010 – 1:35 शाम6 टिप्पणियाँ

In honor of Ame­ri­can Thanks­gi­ving Day, Cana­dian Living maga­zine has pos­ted a quiz: How do Cana­dian Thanks­gi­ving feasts dif­fer from Ame­ri­can Thanksgivings?

I’ve found that the meals them­selves are fair­ly simi­lar – tur­key, stuf­fing, gra­vy, sweet pota­toes, cran­ber­ry sauce, and a plen­ti­ful array of pies grace holi­day tables on both sides of the bor­der – but the Cana­dian Living लेख points out seve­ral small differences.

मुझे करने के लिए, the big­gest dif­fe­rence is the rela­tive impor­tance of the holi­day in the two coun­tries: Thanks­gi­ving is a much big­ger deal south of the bor­der. People cer­tain­ly do have fami­ly din­ners for Thanks­gi­ving here in Cana­da, but there isn’t the mass tra­vel fren­zy you find in the States.

And I’m still adjus­ting to having our tur­key feast in Octo­ber !

कैसे तुम्हारे बारे में, fel­low Ame­ri­can expats? Do you miss Ame­ri­can Thanks­gi­ving? Leave a com­ment and let us know how you’re cele­bra­ting the US tur­key day.

And check out our post from last Thanks­gi­ving: Ame­ri­can Thanks­gi­ving: Do you mis­s it?

Hap­py Ame­ri­can Thanksgiving!

Pump­kin pie pho­to by cal­ga­ry­re­views (fli­ckr)

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  • से कहते हैं:

    One major dif­fe­rence I’ve noted is that Ame­ri­cans tend to have their Thanks­gi­ving meal on the Thurs­day eve­ning, whe­reas Cana­dians have their meal any­time from Fri­day to Mon­day. मुझे यह भी पता, in contras to what the maga­zine you cite sug­gests, that Cana­dian meals are now­here near as mono­li­thic as their Ame­ri­can coun­ter­parts. Cana­dians tend to include local and eth­nic spe­cia­li­ties. My wife’s fami­ly always includes that deli­cious Prai­rie treat: the cab­bage roll. I much pre­fer the Cana­dian cele­bra­tion to the Ame­ri­can one. While I miss seeing my fami­ly, I don’t miss the over­sha­do­wing of Thanks­gi­ving by Christ­mas. Cele­bra­ting in Octo­ber helps keep the holi­day true to its roots as a har­vest festival.

    • कैरोलिन बी. हेल्लर कहते हैं:

      Thanks for the com­ments, से. That’s true that there doesn’t seem to be a set day or time for the Thanks­gi­ving meal in Cana­da – just some time during the Thanks­gi­ving Day wee­kend. And I’ve never had cab­bage rolls at Thanks­gi­ving, लेकिन वे स्वादिष्ट ध्वनि!

  • kmgm कहते हैं:

    As an Ame­ri­can living in Cana­da, this is the one holi­day that real­ly sad­dens me that I am not able to cele­brate in true U.S. शैली. It tru­ly is my favo­rite holi­day. It has nothing to do with the nea­ring of Christ­mas, or Black Fri­day shop­ping (which I have never expe­rien­ced) – it was about the being with my fami­ly, मेरे दोस्तों को देखने के, playing and wat­ching foot­ball, the cool New England wea­ther, and of course the food.

    I strug­gled last Thurs­day as I wat­ched my hus­band go off to work and put my chil­dren on the bus, और अकेले दिन खर्च. This year is was a lit­tle bit har­der because, we had parent/teacher confe­rences that night. No thanks­gi­ving dinner.

    I’m thin­king next year, I will keep the kids home.

    • कैरोलिन बी. हेल्लर कहते हैं:

      I feel the same way – Thanks­gi­ving is the one holi­day that makes me feel home­sick for my fami­ly and friends in the U.S. Some years we cele­brate Cana­dian Thanks­gi­ving, some years we make a Thanks­gi­ving din­ner during the wee­kend of Ame­ri­can Thanks­gi­ving (although rare­ly on Thanks­gi­ving Thurs­day, के रूप में आप का कहना है के बाद से, it’s a school and work day), and some lucky years we cele­brate both!

      Per­haps you could start a new Thanks­gi­ving tra­di­tion for your fami­ly in Cana­da. Maybe it’s a good time to volun­teer in your com­mu­ni­ty? हमारी पोस्ट http://www.livingabroadincanada.com/2009/11/25/american-thanksgiving-do-you-miss-it/ has links to resources for volun­teers across Canada.

      आह, and hap­py Thanksgiving!

  • झू कहते हैं:

    Obvious­ly, I can’t com­pare but I have the fee­ling that Thanks­gi­ving is a much big­ger deal in the U.S.A. Maybe because it is also a syno­nym of Black Fri­day and OMG-Christmas-is-coming?

    • कैरोलिन बी. हेल्लर कहते हैं:

      I’m not sure why Thanks­gi­ving is a much big­ger deal in the U.S. than in Cana­da, but I do think it pre­ce­ded the crea­tion of the « Black Fri­day » shop­ping day. Ame­ri­can school­kids spend a lot of time lear­ning about the Pil­grims who first set­tled the U.S. east coast and the legend of the first Thanks­gi­ving, so the Thanks­gi­ving din­ner has a cer­tain mytho­lo­gy sur­roun­ding it. It’s a non-reli­gious holi­day, so its cele­bra­tion isn’t limi­ted to par­ti­cu­lar reli­gious groups, but that’s true in Cana­da as well.

      If anyone else has any thoughts about the rela­tive impor­tance of Thanks­gi­ving in the U.S. and Cana­da, please chime in!