Before you sit down for Thanksgiving dinner, impress your friends and family with some Thanksgiving facts and trivia.
Did you know…
• Canadian Thanksgiving is always celebrated on the second Monday in October, earlier than the American Thanksgiving, which is held in November. Since 1971 it has coincided with Columbus Day in the U.S.
• The first Thanksgiving feast in the U.S. was held in 1621 when the Pilgrims celebrated their harvest. However, the Americans did not invent Thanksgiving. English navigator Martin Frobisher held a celebration of thanks in 1578 in what is now Newfoundland as he had survived the long journey over the seas.
• In 1879 Parliament declared November 6th to be a Thanksgiving holiday, and then after World War I both Armistice Day and Thanksgiving were celebrated on the Monday of the week in which November 11thfell. In 1931 Armistice Day became Remembrance Day, and then on January 31, 1957, parliament declared Thanksgiving to be held every year on the second Monday in October.